Telstra switches on mobile coverage in Sydney rail tunnels

Telstra commuters travelling through the City Circle tunnels in Sydney will now have new mobile network coverage, allowing them to stay connected as they ride the rails through the city

Telstra commuters travelling through the City Circle tunnels in Sydney will now have new mobile network coverage, allowing them to stay connected as they ride the rails through the city. Telstra network engineering director, Anthony Goonan, said consumers will no longer have to deal with losing Internet service or having calls drop out when entering the City Circle.

"Whether talking on the phone, updating their Facebook page, playing 'Words With Friends' or streaming music, customers will no longer lose network coverage as their train enters the City Circle line," he said.

According to Telstra, both 3G and 4G network coverage is available in the City Circle tunnels, enabling customers to keep their connection regardless of the device they are using.

"Additionally, we have brought 4G technology to Martin Place, St James and Museum stations," Goonan claimed. The additional underground coverage builds on work completed in July 2012, when mobile network coverage in tunnels on the North Shore and Western Lines was activated.

The telco said it will be building on a third stage of network expansion, which aims to provide network coverage on the Eastern Suburbs line. This is anticipated to be complete by early 2014. "Adding network coverage in the City Circle tunnels is part of Telstra's ongoing commitment and investment to ensure more people get connected and stay connected," Goonan mentioned.

In addition, Telstra is working on expanding its metropolitan and regional 4G coverage from 40 per cent of the Australian population to 66 per cent of the population by end June.

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