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O2 Delivers Mobile Broadband Services to Glasgow Subways

Posted: 10th Sep, 2008 By: MarkJ
O2 has teamed up with transmission provider Arqiva and the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) to bring 2G and 3G voice and data service coverage to five of Glasgow’s busiest Subway stations - Buchanan Street, St Enoch, Kelvinbridge, Hillhead and Partick.

The installation will go 'live' in December 2008 and could potentially provide a benchmark for rollout in other underground stations such as London, in future:

Gordon Maclennan, Assistant Chief Executive (Operations) of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport said it was great news: “This has been sometime in the planning but I’m delighted that we can offer this service to our passengers in time for Christmas. It’s a first for Glasgow and it opens the door for wider WiFi coverage in the Underground in future. Accessibility and connectivity are key parts of our continuous Subway modernisation programme.“

It's unclear whether O2's 3G coverage in the subway will run at basic UTMS 384Kbps speeds or the faster and more modern HSPA method, which can deliver performance of up to 7.2Mbps with existing networks.
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