Plans for faster internet on the subway

Plans for faster internet on the subway

In Berlin's subway tunnels there will be fast internet for all passengers in the near future. Over the next two years, the technical system will be gradually expanded, as stated in a joint press release issued by BVG and its contractual partner Telefónica Deutschland on 18 July 2019.

LTE in Berliner U-Bahn

© dpa

High-frequency cables on a coupling network can be seen in a technical room for the mobile radio supply of underground tunnels.

This will also give Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone customers access to the LTE mobile communications standard. So far, only O2 customers have been able to use it in tunnels and on platforms. A spokesman for the telecommunications company said that the order was worth millions. The expansion is expected to begin at Alexanderplatz.

Telefónica Germany in charge of LTE expansion

Economic Senator Ramona Pop (Green Party) had announced the move at the end of last year. Now she said: "The reliable availability of large bandwidths is essential for the digital capital Berlin. After long negotiations between the companies competing with each other, the current cooperation is a good result in favour of a rapid expansion".

BVG is pleased about fast internet for all passengers

"Fast Internet access is an important comfort feature for our passengers," says Dr. Sigrid Nikutta, Chairman of the Board of BVG. "In our underground stations, we have already created an excellent offer for this with the free "BVG Wi-Fi". We are very pleased that LTE will soon be available for all passengers on the entire underground network, including the many tunnels".
Public WiFi
© dpa

WiFi in Berlin

Free public WiFi in Berlin: Where to find hotspots across the city, plus institutions, companies and services offering free WiFi access. more

TV Tower at Alexanderplatz
© dpa

News from Berlin

The latest news, top headlines, up-to-date information and developments from Berlin. more

Source: dpa, translation, BerlinOnline

| Last edited: Thursday, 18. July 2019 14:22 Uhr

More news from Berlin