Sydney train tunnels get phone reception

Sydney train tunnels get phone reception

Summary: Sydney commuters will be able to use their phones and access the internet inside train tunnels on the City Circle line for the first time, after a network infrastructure upgrade.

TOPICS: Telcos, Australia

The NSW government has been working with Optus, Telstra, and Vodafone to install more than 10 kilometres of cabling to provide reception for mobile phones, tablets, and laptops.

The service is undergoing live testing, and will be switched on as early as Monday, Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said.

"The lack of coverage in our CBD tunnels has been an ongoing concern for customers over many years, and quite frankly an embarrassment for our city," she said.

More than 400,000 commuters will benefit from the new infrastructure upgrade, Berejiklian said.

The rollout will continue on the Eastern Suburbs Line, with work underway to install 18 kilometres of cable between Erskineville and Bondi Junction.

Topics: Telcos, Australia

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  • sweet

    good to hear
  • Excellent

    WOW that is awesome!!!! Now I can get 1 bar of reception in my living room in Bellambi, but full reception listening to tools shout down their phones whilst in a train below ground.
    • I agree

      How about the telcos fix the dead zones under open sky on the CityRail network before banging on about subterranean network access?

      In fact - I am sure the majority of users in Sydney would also like to see a stable 3G signal throughout the Sydney basin before they go too heavy on 4G marketing.

      I'm looking at you Optus - I can never get data whenever I am on a train between Lidcombe and Ashfield.