Operators forced to fund London Underground’s mobile coverage
All five of the UK’s network operators are being forced to foot the bill for installing a mobile phone signal on the London Underground, according to reports.
The Sunday Telegraph claims that Mayor of London Boris Johnson had to “bash heads together” to get the UK’s five network operators, Vodafone, 02, 3 and Everything Everywhere (Orange and T-Mobile), to fund the £100 million project.
The service is expected to launch in 2012, ready for the Olympic Games, but has been plagued by delays – it was originally scheduled for 2008.
It’s also rumoured that Boris Johnson wants a similar service rolled-out on Eurostar trains.
A survey conducted by London Underground back in 2007 found that 34% of travellers would use their phone on the tube.
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