Transport for London is taking a step towards delivering mobile connectivity on its underground network launching the first stage of a tender process to bring fibre and 4G to the Tube.
Computer Business Review reports that the initial “Standard Selection Questionnaire”, published on Saturday morning, has a deadline of 6 July, 2018 with a full Invitation to Tender (ITT) will follow shortly thereafter.
The questionnaire reveals that the contract winner will secure a 20-year concession to provide the network.
The winner will have to provide “neutral host mobile coverage” (shared infrastructure that all mobile network operators can access) in the tunnels, stations and platforms of the London Underground, many of which date back to the late 1800s.
TfL told Computer Business Review it aims to get 4G in place across its estate by 2019.