We want to partner with the telecoms industry to create this vision of a Connected London, and to generate revenue to reinvest in the transport network.
We will create:
We will add mobile coverage in Tube stations and tunnels so commuters can enjoy seamless connectivity. With our industry partner, we will own and operate a new commercial 4G network underground and offer commercial services to other operators.
We have significant assets and the operational and engineering expertise to support the building of the new network.
Fibre optic internet is becoming a standard, rather than a luxury. The capital's future digital connectivity will be built on fibre.
Our roll-out of underground mobile services will see hundreds of kilometres of fibre laid in tunnels, creating a new fibre backbone for London. We also own the surface assets to support 'last mile' connectivity.
The next generation of mobile networks - expected to be rolled out in the coming decade - will help address data consumption demand from the mobile market. To bring super-fast connections to mobile devices, many more cell sites will be needed, especially in high footfall areas.
We have many assets on streets, such as lighting columns, that the partnership can use to provide unparalleled 5G and improved 4G coverage.
An advertisement to select our telecoms partner should go out in spring 2018. Interested parties will need to return a Standard Selection Questionnaire (SSQ).
Once the SSQ returns have been evaluated, we will short-list suppliers with suitable financial and technical capability and they will be invited to tender.
We plan to issue the Invitation to Tender documents in summer 2018.
Check back here for updates on this process.
Other cities have mobile connectivity on their metro systems, but no project in London had moved beyond the early stage - until now.
In summer 2017, we worked with mobile network operators on a trial of mobile coverage during non-passenger hours in the stations and deep-level tunnels of the Waterloo & City line. The trial showed that there was no interference with the existing railway signalling or radio systems.
At the end of the trial, we started a data call in the ticket hall of Waterloo Tube station. The call was uninterrupted as we walked to the platforms, boarded a train, and arrived at the ticket hall at Bank Tube station.
In the future, customers will be able to catch up on last night's TV, stream music or read their emails or the latest news uninterrupted. During the trial we also tested the installation of the additional fibre capacity that will form our new fibre network.
See our press release about the trial.
We have installed WiFi across more than 260 Tube stations and 79 London Overground stations. WiFi is available in the ticket halls, passenger corridors and platforms of these Tube stations and in the ticket halls and passages of the Overground stations.
Public WiFi will still be available to customers as part of Connected London.
See more about our current WiFi service on the Station WiFi page.