Underground downloads and streaming available from spring 2020.
Vodafone is set to be the first UK operator to pilot 4G connectivity in tunnels and at station platforms on the eastern end of the Jubilee line, thanks to a new agreement with Transport for London (TfL). Vodafone customers will be able to make calls, stream video and download files on the Tube from spring 2020. There is also potential for 5G connectivity in the future.
The London Underground is one of the biggest remaining ‘not spots’ for mobile coverage in the capital, one that Vodafone is determined to help remedy.
Bringing 4G to passengers on the Jubilee line, from North Greenwich to Westminster, is a significant undertaking. 50-100 engineers will work nights for six months to install and test huge amounts of equipment, such as 16,000km of fibre optic cable.
The partnership between Vodafone and TfL came as Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, formally opened Vodafone’s new digital hub, The Speechmark. Located in the thriving Bankside area of London, The Speechmark is minutes away from Southwark station – one of the eight Jubilee line stations set to benefit.