London Underground to get 4G coverage in tunnels from 2019

Mayor Sadiq Khan Khan wants to eliminate London's connectivity'not-spots which could mean the capital catches up with more 4G-friendly cities such as Tokyo New York and Paris

"Transport for London working to bring mobile connectivity to London Underground" declared a City Hall press release issued today to big up Mayor Sadiq Khan's commitment "to boost digital connectivity across the capital and tackle London's areas of poor connectivity".

With a growing technology sector including over 40,000 digital technology businesses employing nearly 200,000 people, London is regarded as Europe's leading technology hub.

Khan's appointed "Not-Spot" teams will work with local authorities and providers, in poor connectivity areas, to identify and deliver solutions to improve the area connection.

It was reiterated, however, that the first line that will let commuters access full 4G services is the Elizabeth Line, also known as Crossrail, which is due to start ferrying people around next December. The summit is created to help London's local authorities apply for the government's Digital Infrastructure funding to help ease the financial burden of making such vast improvements to their constituency. There is Wi-Fi in a large number of tube stations, but not on the trains themselves, which leads to travellers being nearly completely cut off while in transit.

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Wifi already exists on London Underground stations, but when 4G comes in you will never have to tear your attention away from your phone.

Businesses and residents in many parts of the capital - including areas such as the City of London, Rotherhithe and Westminster - still struggle to receive fit-for-purpose broadband services, in spite of London's status as one of the world's leading centres for tech and digital development.

There's no official word on how the rollout across the London Underground will take place or a more precise timeline other than the 2019 deadline so expect some time to pass before TfL is able to give us a more concrete timeline of when this is happening. "But we also need London's planners to get behind this work, otherwise our digital ambitions risk being strangled by red tape".

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