Vodafone and Three UK have gone live with their respective 5G networks on parts of the London Underground.

The announcement follows that of EE's earlier this week, with all three network operators sharing the same network platform from BAI Communications.

London Underground mobile
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It means that customers of Vodafone and Three with access to 5G services will be able to use them at three London Underground tube stations.

These stations are the same ones announced by EE earlier this week, in Archway and Tufnell Park on the Northern line, plus Notting Hill Gate on the Central line.

“It’s great to see super high-speed 5G mobile connectivity now available at a number of Tube stations, proving that the state-of-the-art technology being installed across the network is already future-proofed and adaptable for the next generation of mobile signal," said Theo Blackwell MBE, London’s chief digital officer.

The deployment of the service has been carried out in partnership with BAI Communications, the firm which holds a 20-year concession deal with Transport for London (TfL) to deliver full mobile Internet coverage within every station and tunnel.

BAI's 5G network on the London Underground is expected to expand throughout the year, with the rollout of the coverage supported by Nokia, which is providing and installing its equipment which includes its AirScale radio access portfolio, powered by its ReefShark System-on-Chip (SoC).

In December, all three operators switched on 4G service at the same tube stations.

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