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Vodafone to pilot wireless connectivity on Jubilee Line

Through a partnership with Transport for London, the mobile operator will trial wireless connectivity in tunnels and at station platforms on the eastern end of the line.

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Sadiq Khan (left) and Vodafone CEO Nick Jeffery with the smart city model of London
Sadiq Khan (left) and Vodafone CEO Nick Jeffery with the smart city model of London

Vodafone has become the first operator in the UK to agree to pilot wireless connectivity in tunnels and at station platforms on the eastern end of the Jubilee Line through a new partnership with Transport for London (TfL).

 

The mobile operator has also published new research that suggests 5G could boost London’s economy by £30bn by 2030 through increased levels of productivity.

 

Digital hub

 

The company made the announcements at the official opening of its new digital hub in the UK capital, The Speechmark in Bankside, Southwark.

 

Through the partnership with TfL, customers will be able to connect their devices to Vodafone’s 4G network from spring 2020 so that they can make calls, stream video and download content whilst on the tube.

 

Vodafone currently invests around £1m per week upgrading and improving network capacity across London to keep pace with ever-increasing levels of demand for data – currently in the region of three million gigabytes per week, which it says is equivalent to streaming Netflix in HD for 115 years.

“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”

Southwark is one of the areas of London where Vodafone’s high-speed, high-capacity network supports 5G coverage. Since rolling out 5G earlier this year, Vodafone claims its customers and business partners are experiencing fastest-ever upload and download speeds, as well as the greater quality and reliability 5G gives. Vodafone has 5G live in 77 towns and cities across the UK and Europe.

 

The Speechmark was opened by London mayor Sadiq Khan, who was shown an interactive smart city model of London. The model, built by Vodafone in association with Bright Bricks, brought to life how 5G deployment, partnered with the Internet of Things, will power new ways for cities to operate.

 

“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,” said Khan. “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.”

 

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