Stay con­nected un­der the sea

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

Many com­muters strug­gle with the frus­tra­tion of dodgy re­cep­tion as they try to make calls on a train go­ing in and out of tun­nels.

Yet Euro­tun­nel cus­tomers will look on smug­gly as they en­joy 2G and 3G ser­vices on the sub-sea route af­ter the op­er­a­tor signed a 10-year deal with two Bri­tish mo­bile phone com­pa­nies.

EE and Voda­fone paid about a third of the £15 mil­lion cost of in­stalling the in­fra­struc­ture for the ser­vice, which was built over 10 months dur­ing 2011 and 2012.

Both com­pa­nies also in­tend to of­fer 4G data ser­vices in the sum­mer for pas­sen­gers in the north tun­nel trav­el­ling from Folke­stone to Calais.

It means both Le Shut­tle and high speed pas­sen­gers will be able to use their mo­bile or tablet at any point of the jour­ney through the Chan­nel Tun­nel, 100m be­low sea level.

Euro­tun­nel has equiv­a­lent agree­ments with French mo­bile op­er­a­tors Bouygues Tele­com, Orange and SFR, launch­ing serv- ices in the south tun­nel in 2012.

Euro­tun­nel spokesman John Keefe said: “French op­er­a­tors jumped on this in 2012 as they were bring­ing over spec­ta­tors for the Olympics.

“UK op­er­a­tors were more in­ter­ested in get­ting the Olympic Vil­lage up and run­ning at the time but now they are in­ter­ested be­cause they have been of­fered the same con­tract terms the French had two years ago but with the op­por­tu­nity of launch­ing 4G in the sum­mer.”

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