EE boosts mobile coverage across London’s rail network

As the UK embarks on the great indoor reopening and workers start returning to the office, BT’s mobile division beefs up mobile network capability along capital’s main commuter rail routes

Just as commuters and visitors start returning to London in larger numbers, EE has announced “significant” upgrades to its mobile network across key commuter routes in and out of the capital.

Over the past year, EE has built nearly 70 new 4G sites and upgraded dozens more across multiple lines in London to provide a better mobile experience to workers and visitors returning to the city by train. The new work will see improved connectivity on seven sections of the route between London Euston and Birmingham New Street and six between London Victoria and Brighton. Other lines to see upgrades include London Paddington to Reading, and London Liverpool Street to Chelmsford, Essex.

The expansion will also see performance boosted on key lines used by travellers to and from the UK ahead of any easing of restrictions on international travel this summer. This includes the first in-tunnel 4G coverage on the high-speed rail line between St Pancras International and Ashford International, which will be extended to deliver coverage throughout all tunnels later this summer. Improvements have also been made on key sections of rail lines to London’s Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick airports.

Work on the lines into the heart of London consist of 69 new sites and more than 35 upgraded sites to date, forming part of wider efforts to improve mobile coverage across large parts of the UK’s railway estate. Station upgrades have been largely delivered over in-building distributed antenna system (DAS) technology and in some cases reconfigured to work over 2 x 2 MIMO (multiple input multiple output) antenna, which enhance performance.

As well as boosting connectivity on commuter routes, EE has upgraded its mobile network in some of London’s busiest rail stations during the pandemic. It has more than doubled its network capacity at London Euston, London Liverpool Street and City Thameslink stations, as well as enhancing its mobile network at London Victoria, London Kings Cross and Charing Cross. The upgrades will provide travellers with extra capacity to seamlessly stream, game or work while on the move.

“We’ve made huge improvements to key routes in and out of London to keep our customers connected as restrictions begin to ease and the number of workers and visitors returning to the city increases,” said EE director of mobile networks David Salam. “Whether listening to music or podcasts, streaming the latest movies, or gaming with friends, our network has been built and upgraded to ensure seamless connectivity on commutes and at London’s busiest rail hubs.”

The expanded EE mobile network also follows a recent contract renewal to provide connectivity on the London Underground platforms. Customers of the BT and PlusNet broadband services will also be able to access the free Wi-Fi coverage which includes many underground station halls.

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