Tube Phone: Mayor Boris announces system-wide network
Now we've nailed the phantom "Free Public WiFi" network on London's deepest Underground lines (see my earlier post), I'm gratified to hear that London Mayor Boris Johnson has personally intervened to ensure that the Tube network will have mobile phone signals in time for the 2012 Olympics.
Following his initiative the cost of the scheme, said to be hundreds of millions, will be covered by the five main cellular phone networks - Vodafone, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and 3. It is believed that the Mayor will announce that nearly all the city's Tube network will have mobile phone reception in time for the event.
According to reports, the system will incorporate long transmitter cables along the top of Tube tunnels with receiving antennas at the ends of all carriages. This is all very good news for London travellers, never mind Olympic visitors, since not only telephone calls but data reception will become possible.