Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), Scotland's biggest regional transport partnership has signed a contract with Arqiva's Wireless Solutions division to develop the UK's first subway mobile phone network.
Through the contract Arqiva will design and deploy a combined cellular and Wi-Fi network across 15 Glasgow Subway stations. Deployment of the network will begin later this month, with initial testing at Buchanan Street Subway station.
SPT said the network would enable customers to use the internet and mobile phones when at these stations, and provide public access to Wi-Fi services. A spokeswoman for SPT said, "There is potential to use the network to enable passengers to use their own mobile phone to get up to date travel information."
The network could also allow SPT to update its platform information systems and provide online ticketing using live data feeds.
If the pilot goes to plan SPT plans to roll out the network across its largest stations.
Gordon Maclennan, assistant chief executive of SPT, said, "Glasgow sets the standard of being the first city to provide both 2G & 3G phone and Wi-Fi coverage on the subway. The new network should also reassure our customers that we are regularly responding to changing passenger needs. Any application which enhances passenger safety and delivers better services is high on our agenda."