Who Pays For Tube Coverage?

Here's an interesting article from Teltarif, a German telecoms website about the extension of mobile network coverage in the Munich tube. According to the article, the cost of 20 base stations and 125 antennas to cover additional 80km of tunnels and 20 underground stations was shared between the four network operators of the country. One of them, Vodafone, was the technical lead to get the extension up and running. It's not mentioned whether it's 2G only coverage or whether 3G coverage has been added as well. Can anyone from Munich comment?

The article ends with the note that previously, polls have always indicated that a majority of passengers was against mobile network coverage in the tube. Lately, however, that has changed significantly, perhaps, as the article speculates, due to the rise of Internet use on mobile devices.

4 thoughts on “Who Pays For Tube Coverage?”

  1. The article mentions a network center located in Munich’s central station, from which traffic is distributed to the four network operators. This and the fact they are running just 20 basestations sounds like the underground network is being widely shared. But to what extent? Are there 20 locations at which every provider has his own BTS/NodeB or are they even sharing those?

  2. Although there are still some white spots, I get a pretty decent 3G signal most of the time. It seems as if they have forgotten some remote tunnels.

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