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Channel Tunnel Deal To Enable Mobile Phone Reception Under The Sea In Time For Olympics

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 3, 2012


Soon Eurostar passengers will be able to make mobile phone calls 250 ft under the sea, after a deal between tunnel managers and mobile phone operators.

Pioneering developments in technology by French company Alcatel-Lucent has enabled operators to create links with mobile phone signal even under the sea, allowing reception throughout the Channel tunnel.

Four mobile phone companies, including France Télécom Orange and Free Mobile are reportedly involved in the deal with transport operators Eurotunnel.

The Channel tunnel mobile reception will also be “3G and 2G enabled” and is to be launched in time for the London Olympics, a spokesperson for French Industry Minister Eric Besson told the Telegraph.

The deal will reportedly be signed next month, with phone companies SFR and Bouygues Telecom also involved in the developments. Eurotunnel did not confirm or deny the deal, however a spokesperson told AFP:

“Customers demand mobile telephones wherever you go these days”

“So we want to make sure that we provide as many good services as any other travel organisations. We are looking at that right now.”

Previously there was a 23 mile blackout between Folkestone and Calais, as the train travelled deep below the sea bed. Read the rest of this entry »

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