British mobile network operators (MNOs) EE and Three UK have agreed a deal with BAI Communications that will allow them to provide 4G and 5G-ready mobile connectivity across the London Underground. In a press release regarding the matter, BAI – which in June 2021 was awarded a 20-year concession with Transport for London (TfL) to deliver mobile connectivity on the Underground – claimed that the deal with the two MNOs will ‘give customers on the networks access to uninterrupted coverage whilst on the Tube and within the stations’ using BAI’s 4G and ‘5G-ready’ neutral host mobile network.
Commenting, Billy D’Arcy, CEO of BAI Communications UK, said: ‘We’re pleased to welcome Three and EE as our launch partners and the first operators who will be transforming customer experience on the London Underground by enabling them to access seamless, 5G-ready connectivity. This is an important next step on the project’s journey which will allow passengers to move around the capital more smartly, safely, and securely.’
Since the awarding of BAI’s concession in June 2021, work at some of London’s busiest stations, including Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Bank, Euston and Camden Town, is understood to have gotten underway, with a view to allowing first connections by the end of 2022. Looking further ahead, all stations and tunnels across the Tube network are due to have high-quality and uninterrupted mobile coverage by the end of 2024.