Infrastructure provider BAI Communications has claimed a ‘first milestone’ in the rollout of high speed mobile coverage across the London Underground, announcing the launch of a permanent 4G service on the eastern section of the Jubilee Line. In a press release regarding the development, the company confirmed that subscribers of mobile network operators EE and Three UK – both of which inked deals with BAI for infrastructure access to its neutral host network in December 2021 – will be the first to ‘have permanent access to 4G and 5G-ready communications between Westminster and Canning Town’.
Commenting, Billy D’Arcy, CEO of BAI Communications UK, said: ‘We’re pleased to announce this first major delivery milestone on our journey to transforming London’s connectivity. Customers of our launch partners, Three and EE, will be able to enjoy permanent access to uninterrupted mobile connectivity whilst travelling on the eastern Jubilee Line. This will provide a massive boost to the passenger experience and marks an important next step on the project’s journey as we accelerate towards a hyperconnected London.’
BAI Communications was awarded a 20-year concession to deliver mobile connectivity on the Underground by Transport for London in June 2021. According to the company, with it continuing to make progress with its rollout, stations along the Elizabeth line, as well as at Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Bank, Euston and Camden Town are set to become connected 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.