Underground Phone Coverage for Melbourne's Rail Commuters
Published on: 16th Oct 2015
Note -- this news article is more than a year old.
Mobile phone coverage has come to the underground sections of Melbourne's rail services after Optus switched on coverage in the tunnels.
The city's underground tunnels now have both 3G and 4G services.
Although Optus built the infrastructure, it has an agreement with the railway to lease capacity to the rival mobile networks.
Coverage will run for 12 km between the Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament underground station platforms.
Optus has also promised to continue to work on coverage enhancements over the coming 18 months.
Victoria's Liberal government first announced the deal to provide metropolitan rail coverage in June 2014.
The public transport minister Jacinta Allen said the network activation "ends years of frustration for passengers, who would be in the middle of a conversation only for their phone to cut out when they entered the loop".