London Underground will get 4G connectivity by 2019

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged to bring full 4G network coverage to the London Underground, meaning passengers can call, text, Instagram, Snapchat and more on their phones whilst travelling beneath the capital.

The squad will be hitting London's most problematic connectivity spots to work with local authorities and identify ways to improve connectivity, Khan said.

Wi-Fi connection on the Tube is now provided by Virgin Media at most stations.

London is considered as one of Europe's leading technology hubs, with 40,000 digital technology businesses which employ nearly 200,000 people. The summit is created to help London's local authorities apply for the government's Digital Infrastructure funding to help ease the financial burden of making such vast improvements to their constituency.

Finally, the Mayor's office has also committed to putting on a Digital Connectivity Funding Forum at City Hall.

Wifi already exists on London Underground stations, but when 4G comes in you will never have to tear your attention away from your phone.

"London is now a leading global tech hub, with thriving start-ups alongside major companies like Facebook, Amazon and Google", said Khan.

"Our digital connectivity needs to be improved, internet connectivity is now a key public utility, and it is no surprise that some businesses see poor connectivity as a barrier to growth", London mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement.

"If we are to remain competitive in the global economy, we need to ensure every Londoner is able to access a fast and reliable digital connection". TfL will issue a formal notice to the industry seeking feedback on how best to use its assets and improve connectivity, while monetising partners' efforts.

Transport for London will also be working at improving connectivity throughout London Underground, one of the largest blind spots in the city.

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