Mobile phone users will be able to make and receive calls from inside Underground stations using a new system announced today.
London Underground today awarded a £1.2 billion contract to Citylink Telecommunications, a consortium led by Racal Translink, to replace the Tube's communication systems.
The project, known as Connect, will be managed by Citylink for the next 20 years and will involve the installation of a high speed fibre optic network to support services such as telephony and data between stations and customer information systems.
Spare bandwidth on the network will also extend mobile coverage to some station platforms. The network will also be used to display moving image advertising in stations - this has already been trialed at Holborn station.
Citylink Telecommunications is a consortium made up of Racal Translink, Hyder Investments, Fluor International, Motorola and Charterhouse Project Equity Investments.
The consortium became favourite last year when it became the only bidder, after it beat a division of GEC. It was expected to be awarded before the end of 1998 and has taken nine months longer than expected.
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