August 10, 2017 12:33 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

London underground to have 4G by 2019, says Sadiq Khan

In a letter to London's 33 local authorities, Mayor Sadiq Khan said he would have 4G on the tube by 2019 as part of a drive to eliminate the capital's connectivity 'not-spots' (stock image).

Londoners will be free to use 4G while on the underground within two years, according to an announcement made today by 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.

The move was welcomed by business leaders who said London lags behind its rivals in terms of connectivity.

However, for people looking for an excuse not to be contacted there will soon be nowhere to hide - especially considering 5G could be rolled out in the coming years. 

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Londoners will be free to use 4G while on the underground within two years, according to an announcement made today by Mayor Sadiq Khan (stock image)  

Londoners will be free to use 4G while on the underground within two years, according to an announcement made today by Mayor Sadiq Khan (stock image)  

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Sadiq 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. 

The move was welcomed by business leaders who said London lags behind its rivals in terms of connectivity.

Sources suggest the first trail is expected on the Waterloo & City line with initial tests at night and at the weekends.

It is part of a wider pledge by the mayor to improve London's communications and build a reputation as a high tech city.

Mr Khan unveiled his proposals in a letter to London's 33 local authorities.

He wrote that he would be 'delivering 4G mobile connectivity to London Underground, both in station and tunnels from 2019, future-proofed ready for 5G', writes Evening Standard.

Sources suggest the first trail is expected on the Waterloo & City line with initial tests at night and at the weekends.  

'Business needs fast and reliable connections across our capital – in the office, for people working from home and when they're on the move', David Leam, infrastructure director at lobby group London First told Evening Standard.

'We should be making the most of existing infrastructure, including the London Underground network, to boost speeds and deliver coverage to areas that have been left behind', he said. 

Wifi is already available on most platforms on the London Underground but the service currently cuts out between stations. 

Three people familiar with the plans to get mobile coverage on the tube said a 'number of companies were vying for the work', according to reports in the Financial Times in May.

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

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

Speaking to the site, a spokesman for TfL said: 'We are keen to offer full mobile phone coverage for our customers. '

'The introduction of this would need to be commercially viable and would follow engagement with staff and customers.'

Commuters on the tube already have a reputation for being grumpy, so it remains to be seen how introducing phone calls will be taken.

But if journeys on the above-ground stretches of the Underground are anything to go by, the mobile network is more likely to be used to provide distraction from fellow passengers than to chat.

The move is part of a wider pledge by the mayor to improve London's communications and build a reputation as a high tech city.   

 

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