GET: Groupe Eurotunnel SA: Eurotunnel completes the mobile telephony offer
in Channel Tunnel,100 metres below sea level
UK Regulatory Announcement
Eurotunnel and the British mobile telephone operators EE (formed following the
merger of Orange and T-Mobile in the UK) and Vodafone have today signed a 10
year agreement to offer mobile services in the Channel Tunnel. Customers of
both operators will have access to 2G^1 and 3G^2 services in the North Tunnel
(UK to France)^3. Both EE and Vodafone intend to offer 4G data services
throughout the tunnel in the future.
This will enable passengers of both Le Shuttle and high speed passenger trains
to use their mobile phone or tablet device at any point of the journey through
the Channel Tunnel. The quality of communication will be equivalent to a call
made in Paris, London or anywhere above ground.
Providing such a wireless service 100 metres below sea level for the 20
million passengers who travel through the world’s longest undersea tunnel each
year is a first. In order to deliver this service, Eurotunnel and its partners
have overcome a series of technical challenges: the work was conducted without
disruption to railway traffic, in a confined environment under stringent
Eurotunnel has equivalent agreements with the French mobile operators,
Bouygues Telecom, Orange and SFR which cooperated for the successful
installation of GSM-P services in the South Running Tunnel in 2012.
Eurotunnel’s ambition to continually improve the service it offers to its
customers has brought an answer to the increasing need for connectivity on the
^1 GSM 900, DCS 1800
^2 UMTS 2100
^3 The mobile service will go live in the North Running Tunnel – UK to France
– in March this year.
For UK media enquiries at Eurotunnel Contact:
John Keefe on + 44 (0) 1303 284491
For investor enquiries at Eurotunnel contact :
Michael Schuller on +44 (0) 1303 288749
Vodafone Press Contact:
For media enquiries contact the Vodafone UK Media Relations team on +44 (0)
1635 666 777
EE Press Contact :
Howard Jones: +44 75 00849738
Email : email@example.com
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