Phone reception switched on in Melbourne's City Loop, Government says Featured

Thursday, 15 October 2015 00:00 Written by  Published in Australia News

Commuters travelling through Melbourne's City Loop can now text, chat and stream content over the internet as mobile coverage becomes available in the tunnels.

Passengers have access to 3G voice and 4G data coverage through the 12 kilometre stretch of train tunnels.

Key points:

  • Mobile phone and data coverage now available in City Loop
  • Commuters have access to 3G voice and 4G data network
  • Work being conducted to improve 4G speeds

The city's underground stations have had phone coverage for about 15 years but the tunnels connecting them have been blackspots for mobile and internet coverage.

"This 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," Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allen said in a statement.

"Passengers can now text, talk and stream from their phones or tablets anywhere in the city loop."

Over the past few months, commuters have been reporting patchy connections in the loop, as telecommunications authorities tested new signals.

In recent days, the connection has become much more consistent.

The Victorian Government announced in June last year that a deal had been reached with rail authorities and telecommunications companies to deliver the service.

It said 3G services would be available on the City Loop by the end of 2014 and 4G services would be running by the end of 2015.

But complications with the driver communications systems forced the delay of the roll-out.

Ms Allen said work would be done over the next year to improve the 4G data service.

"That will see increased capacity and data speeds as passengers now enjoy, for the first time, the ability to connect through their smartphone to the rest of the world as they travel through the City Loop," she said. 

 

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