Transport for London is tendering for bidders to open Wi-Fi hotspots at underground stations, and possibly even at bus stations and stops. The decision follows a trial with BT OpenZone at Charing Cross tube station in central London. Transport for London said the tender was for up to 120 tube stations, out of a total of 260. …
"we asked about VoIP but didn't get a clear answer. "
The shape of things to come?+
So at least there'll be one good thing that comes out of the billions we're getting mugged for, on the olympics. So long as TfL don't quietly cancel the rollout after the games finish.
Access at the platform edge only?
Sounds a bit dangerous.
Mind the Gap
Fantastic, yet another place I'm forced to listen to half of another persons conversation. The world will not end because you can't use your phone on the tube, nothing is ever that important.
Count me as one of the Silent Majority.
in the absence of VOIP, the only way you'll be hearing your neighbour's conversations is if you lean over their shoulder and read them yourself. And then you'll get both sides. Or if someone in the carriage talks to someone else in the carriage. Never been on the Underground - is that verboten?
Phone Use in the Tube
There's a contract been agreed for this now, as Huawei are going to be installing antennas that provide seperate coverage for each of the four main mobile companies. And not just for the platforms, but on the trains as well, as far as I understand.
I work in Paris (the one in France) and pretty much the whole Metro network and RER network have mobile phone access in the stations and in most of the tunnels.
I don't think the French authorities see it as a security risk. I have no idea who paid for it, but I imagine that the mobile companies make a tidy bob or two.
Are the Chinese still supplying the hardware for spying purposes?
Or have they been sent packing?
What is the point?
If you are only waiting a couple of minutes for the next tube to arrive then I can't see that many people using it?
A moan about Olympic costs and a moan from a nosey bugger who's miffed they can only eavesdrop on half a conversation.
Please, can someone predict a high price and moan about rip-off britain.
Welcome to 2006
Tyne & Wear Metro has had mobile voice and data throughout its underground stations for years.
...and Tyne and Wear Metro not only has a minute fraction of the underground mileage of London Underground, but its tunnels were bored in the 1980s and are large enough to contain walkways, leaving plenty of space for extra cables.
WiFi at platform will cnabilize the tunnel traffic that never was.
You do spend 98% of your time on the platform- so maybe its a good cheap ass non-solution.
Who wants wifi, sell that same space to a mobile provider and give me 3g and text and phone underground not another service im not gonna want to pay for and never use. underground systems around the world have proper mobile service, i dont understand why london is lagging behind with this
London Underground is older than the Bible* so all additions are extensively retro-fitted. Other countries (and cities), such as Germany (and Newcastle) have more modern affairs that were built with a bit of expansion-planning in mind.
Mind you - tech is so small nowadays it surely can't take up THAT much room!