Mayor of London plans to get rid of poor mobile connectivity

Reuters  Suzanne Plunkett

Okay, not that soon.

The work is expected to be announced Thursday by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan as part of a package of measures created to tout and improve the capital's digital connectivity, the news outlet said. Not that anyone does on the tube anyway.

Khan's appointed "Not-Spot" teams will work with local authorities and providers, in poor connectivity areas, to identify and deliver solutions to improve the area connection.

Khan's plans mean fewer dark spots and no more suffering with connection dropouts on the underground as you jump between stations and desperately stab the Wi-Fi logo in hope of connecting again before the train starts moving.

Khan has also announced a City Hall summit called the Digital Connectivity Funding Forum, so that local authorities can come together to discuss the new proposals, sharing ideas and best practice. He said he wants "mobile connectivity on the London Underground, both in stations and tunnels by 2019, future-proofed ready for 5G".

The upcoming Elizabeth Line will launch with mobile coverage through central London in December 2018, providing continuous phone coverage through tunnels along the line that stretches more than 60 miles from Reading and Heathrow to Shenfield and Abbey Wood.

David Leam, infrastructure director at London First, said: "Business needs fast and reliable connections across our capital - in the office, for people working from home and when they're on the move".

London Underground stations already offer WiFi - but this costs money unless the user is already a customer of select mobile networks, and does not cover the tunnels between stations.

Transport for London will also be working at improving connectivity throughout London Underground, one of the largest blind spots in the city.

Mayor Khan's pledge was delivered to all 33 London local authorities as part of an overall package of targets for London to meet.

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