UK Networks to Offer Phone Coverage Under the English Channel
Published on: 9th Jan 2014
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The underwater tunnel linking the UK and France, Eurotunnel and the British mobile telephone operators EE and Vodafone have today signed a 10 year agreement to offer mobile services in the Channel Tunnel.
The quality of communication will be equivalent to a call made anywhere above ground.
Eurotunnel has equivalent agreements with the French mobile operators, Bouygues Telecom, Orange and SFR which cooperated for the successful installation of GSM-P services in the France-to-UK in 2012.
Providing such a wireless service 100 metres below sea level for the 20 million passengers who travel through the world's longest undersea tunnel each year is a first. In order to deliver this service, Eurotunnel and its partners have overcome a series of technical challenges: the work was conducted without disruption to railway traffic, in a confined environment under stringent safety conditions.