London Underground mobile connectivity
Interactive map of mobile network deployments on the London Underground.
Mobile connectivity on the Tube
Mobile connectivity on the London Underground is provided by a combination of leaky feeders in tunnels and DAS units in stations. The programme is operated by Boldyn Networks (previously known as BAI Communications) as part of a 20-year concession awarded by Transport for London.
The programme entails full mobile connectivity throughout the London Underground by the end of 2024, including 5G connectivity at select stations. As of yet, the rollout is not complete, hence a map of deployments and other information is useful for those interested in tracking the rollout over time.
Using the map
Sections of the network that have mobile connectivity within stations and tunnels are highlighted in green. Sections highlighted in orange are planned to open soon.
If you'd prefer, you can hide all sections of the network that don't have connectivity, or show and hide particular lines.
You can also click or tap stations and sections of line on the map to reveal what services (2G/3G/4G/5G) are available in that area for each mobile operator.
UK networks are deploying pre-determined and standardised coverage at each station and tunnel section across the network. Low footfall stations receive the standard 2G, 3G and 4G, while higher footfall stations get 5G coverage on top of this. Thankfully, this makes demonstrating the available coverage across the network simpler for us.
The Jubilee Line Extension coverage which launched in March 2020 has differences compared to the widespread rollout that began in December 2020. Namely that overall capacity is lower due to less spectrum being active, and that some networks focused on legacy technologies in order to consistently provide voice services.
Jubilee Line Extension
As the first section of the sub-surface London Underground to receive mobile connectivity, the JLE has a more limited deployment of spectrum and radio technologies.
Deployment in Jubilee Line Extension stations
Deployment in Jubilee Line Extension tunnels
The wider mobile coverage rollout is unified across all tunnel segments, however stations have both 5G and non-5G configurations present.
The major point to note is the lack of 3G at newly deployed stations for all networks except Vodafone. It is likely Vodafone's 3G will be switched off by the end of 2023 as part of their nationwide 3G switch-off programme.
Deployment in 5G-equipped stations
Deployment in non-5G-equipped stations
Each tunnel segment is fed by the station at either end of the tunnel, with a split in the leaky feeders mid-way through the tunnel. It has been noted during testing that some networks have not configured devices to hand over between the two leaky feeder sections, which can lead to a brief loss of connectivity mid-way through a tunnel.
Three does not have 5G service inside tunnels yet, but it is likely that they will deploy n28 in the future, similar to O2 and EE, as they have spectrum holdings within this band.
Deployment in tunnels
The tunnels between the Great Western Mainline and Heathrow Airport are privately owned by Heathrow Airport Holdings rather than being part of Network Rail's infrastructure. They were also some of the first railway tunnels to gain a specialist mobile phone coverage solution.
Stretching back as far as 2009 (or earlier), the Heathrow tunnels have had a mobile coverage solution of some form, starting with 2G only for Orange, and moving up to today's 4G solution covering all four UK networks.
Deployment in Heathrow tunnels
Deployment in Heathrow stations