London Underground is to spend billions of pounds enabling tube travellers to use their mobile phones in underground stations and on tube trains.
It will take £350m to wire up London's archaic underground rail system with a high-speed fibre optics allowing commuters to use their mobiles on the Tube, according to reports.
A wider overhaul to the Underground's ailing communications infrastructure over the next 20 years will result in not only the implementation of a mobile communications network, but also a data network providing services such as customer information.
Citylink Telecommunications has been awarded the contract for the renovation by London Underground, worth a total of £1.2bn. Citylink Telecommunications is a consortium consisting of Racal Translink, Hyder Investments, Fluor International, Motorola and Charterhouse Equity Investments.