Wi-fi to be available on London Tube system.
London office workers could soon have wi-fi during their morning commute.
Huawei look to be set to provide Tube commuters with wi-fi whilst they travel. The idea has been in development for some time with London major Boris Johnson campaigning for improved mobile and wi-fi coverage across London all throughout 2010.
Improved wi-fi capabilities would mean that London office workers would have the ability to check their emails and complete other simple tasks before they reach the office, freeing up more time to get morning work completed.
According to a Transport for London statement, “TfL and the Mayor of London are currently in discussion with mobile phone operators and other suppliers about the potential provision of mobile phone services on the deep Tube network.”
Boris Johnson has stated that he wants the developments to be completed in time for the 2012 Olympic games.
Transport for London have commented that they are looking for the best deal to reduce costs to the taxpayer and are currently considering several offers from different companies.
“Given the financial pressures on TfL’s budgets, any solution would need to be funded through mobile operators with no cost to fare- or taxpayers,” commented Tfl in the released statement.
If the deal goes through the Huawei wifi service is set to be available on all of the UK’s mobile networks. The technology has also undergone strict tests to ensure it can be safely used underground and does not cause overheating.