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Sky Mobile UK Becomes Available on the London Underground

Tuesday, Nov 21st, 2023 (11:27 am) - Score 2,400
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Mobile operator Sky Mobile has today announced that their 4G and 5G mobile services are being extended into many parts of the London Underground, which most likely reflects an expected extension of their existing Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) agreement with O2 (VMO2).

At present all of the market’s primary mobile network operators – including O2 (Virgin Media), EE (BT), Vodafone and Three UK – are already in the process of expanding their coverage across the London Underground (i.e. ticket halls, platforms and train tunnels) by harnessing Boldyn Networks’ new infrastructure at wholesale.

The good news is that Sky Mobile have become one of the first MVNO providers to confirm that their customers will also be able to benefit. As a result, passengers can now text, call, browse the web (mobile broadband), listen to music or stream whilst on the Tube, making journeys around the city a smoother, more connected experience.

Sky Mobile customers can now benefit from having network coverage at over 20 stations – including:

  • Jubilee Line – between Canning Town and Westminster station.
  • Northern Line – from Archway to Euston, Belsize Park to Euston, and between Goodge Street and Tottenham Court Road station.
  • Central Line – from Holland Park to Queensway and between Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road

In 2024 Sky Mobile customers can expect wider 4G and 5G network coverage on the London Underground, as coverage is planned to extend on underground lines such as the Victoria, Elizabeth, Northern and Central lines. Transport for London (TfL) has previously stated that the goal is to cover the entire London Underground by late 2024.

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By Mark Jackson
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14 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Chris says:

    Will it be rubbish data rates like everywhere else on o2?

    I wonder when sky & id will support eSIM, they seem to lag their hosts.

    Giffgaff support eSIM.

    1. Avatar photo Chris says:

      To answer my own q it looks like sky might now support eSIM


    2. Avatar photo Obi says:

      Had no idea either had esim, just need smarty and voxi to get on board

  2. Avatar photo Ben says:

    I’ve managed to use 1pMobile on the tube, so Sky definitely isn’t the first MVNO to offer the service.

    1. Avatar photo Martin says:

      Same here. Fantastic speeds at Tottenham Court Road.

    2. Avatar photo Bubbles says:

      Smarty too.

  3. Avatar photo David Wheatley says:

    This genuinely isn’t news and all MVNOs have access to service on the tube…

    I usually appreciate ISPReview’s content but what is the point of this article?

    1. Avatar photo Mike says:

      >[…] appreciate ISPReview’s […]
      >what is the point of this article

      Sad to see that ISPreview has fallen from its roots by reporting on mobile news?

      Nice try troll

    2. Avatar photo Bob says:

      It is news. You dumbass.

  4. Avatar photo Martin says:

    It’d be more of a big deal if Sky Mobile was given access to the LU free WiFi at each station which all MNO’s participate in. (Vodafone rejoined when Virgin stopped providing the service).

    Currently only the flanker brands of Vodafone and Three have access to it.

    1. Avatar photo bubbles says:

      giffgaff also has access. I used smarty and VOXI to access the WiFi underground and both were of the same speed and calibre, it’s literally just the same internet access with different SSIDs.

    2. Avatar photo Bob says:

      Sky own The Cloud which you can access.

  5. Avatar photo Danny says:

    Lack of foresight the fact the Elizabeth line wasn’t built with it already with how much it cost and how recent it was constructed

    1. Avatar photo Bob says:

      Crossrail was spec’ed long before this was even possible. Unfortunately TfL do not have the power of Timelords.

      It is coming though.

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