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UK Networks to Offer Phone Coverage Under the English Channel

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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.

Customers of both operators will have access to GSM and 3G services in the North Tunnel (UK to France). Both EE and Vodafone intend to offer 4G data services throughout the tunnel in the future.

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.

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