Additional segments of the Northern and Central lines are scheduled to receive mobile coverage in the upcoming months. By December, a total of 33 stations with underground platforms will have mobile coverage, with this number set to increase to 40 by 2024.
The deployment of mobile coverage is a joint effort involving all four major mobile network operators: Three UK, EE, Vodafone, and Virgin Media O2 (VMO2). Notably, 4G coverage has already been implemented on sections of the Jubilee, Northern, and Central lines.
Importantly, this mobile coverage will support the new Emergency Services Network (ESN), enabling first responders to access critical data, images, and information in real-time during emergency situations.
Boldyn Networks, the organization overseeing mobile coverage expansion on the London Underground, is also embarking on an initiative to upgrade existing coverage on the Jubilee line, paving the way for 5G availability at stations like Canary Wharf and North Greenwich for the first time.
To facilitate this extensive mobile coverage rollout, around 500 individuals are working tirelessly overnight throughout the Tube network to install mobile equipment. Once completed, this endeavor will result in the installation of over 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles) of cabling and thousands of radios within the tunnels and stations.