Watch out, mobile connectivity actually IN the Tube coming soon

The oldest underground system in the world has only very recently had WiFi installed. It means that the majority of mobile users can, via their network provider, hook into a free WiFi connection as they travel under London on the Tube.

Trouble is, it only works on the platform (not in the tunnels) and it’s only WiFi, so if you’re looking to make a “normal” call or text, you’ll have to wait.

Now, in a new partnership with Transport for London (TfL), Vodafone are the first operator in the UK to agree to pilot mobile connectivity in tunnels and at station platforms on the eastern end of the Jubilee line. You’ll be able to connect your Vodafone device to the 4G network from spring next year. There’s potential for 5G in the future.

London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, stated..

London is on track to become the world’s leading smart city, and the move to 5G has the potential to make the capital a global trailblazer in civic innovation. By working with providers like Vodafone we can develop the best technologies that will boost our economy and meet the needs of Londoners, radically improving how we live and work.

Vodafone are also celebrating the opening of “Speechmark”, Vodafone’s new digital hub in London. It houses a 1000-strong consumer, digital, and tech workforce.

The network is to deliver 5G at no additional cost to customers and they now have 62 towns and cities live on 5G across the UK and Europe.