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London's Underground Rail Wont Get Mobile Phone Coverage

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The on off talks to bring mobile phone coverage to London's underground railway have reportedly broken down again after the mobile networks were unable to agree on the funding issues. Plans to deploy Wi Fi hotspots in the stations announced last week will go ahead as they are a separate agreement.

Transport for London (TfL) told BBC News that the talks stalled after mobile phone operators were asked to fund the scheme. Mayor Boris Johnson's office added that full mobile coverage on London Underground "remains a long-term goal".

Speaking on the issue of mobile phone coverage, a TfL spokesperson said: "The mayor and TfL made it clear that - given the financial pressures on TfL's budgets - any solution would have to have been funded through mobile operators with no cost to fare or taxpayers.

"The parties were not able to agree a viable proposal and the project is therefore not being progressed at this time."

The mayor's office said it was "disappointed" at the outcome of the talks.

There had been unconfirmed reports that China's Huawei would offer to build the network infrastructure for free as a "gift" from the former Olympic nation to the next. London is due to host the Olympics next year.

On the web: BBC News

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