A Chinese company, Huawei are said to be close to finalising a deal to donate £50 million worth of transmitters to allow mobile phones to be used on the London Underground in time for London 2012.
With this Underground scheme, London be the third city in the world, joining Hong Kong and Paris, to have underground mobile telephone networks and will help with Boris Johnsonís vision of improving the mobile and wi-fi coverage the city provides.
Some might question the intentions of the company and what they will get out of it; they will apparently make money from the maintenance fees and hope to increase their presence in the UK mobile market.
Installation of the network, funded by Vodafone and O2, can be expected to start during the summer barring any setbacks.
Not only would this benefit all the tourists visiting the city for the Olympics in 2012, but all the residents that travel and commute in the city and the huge numbers of people who stay in hotels in London
each year and travel around the city seeing the attractions.
Published on 21/02/2011.
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