A €14m partnership between Eurotunnel and French mobile operators Bouygues Telecom, Orange SFR and Free have planned to install a Wi-Fi service inside the Channel Tunnel in preparation for the London Olympics 2012.
The Eurotunnel is currently in the process of installing railway signalling equipment GSM-Railway, a Wi-Fi communication based on GSM and developed specifically for railway applications. Telecommunications company Alcatel-Lucent will supply equipment for GSM-P and GSM-R, and ensure the compatibility of the infrastructure, installation and cost control.
The French mobile operators will provide an extension of their 2G/3G coverage through the south-running tunnel (France-UK) via a transmitter cable and optical repeaters, which will be positioned every 750m. The north-running tunnel (UK-France) will be covered by British operators after the Olympic Games.
“Eurotunnel, the vital link between the UK and France, is proud to commit to this investment which will enable the connection of peoples, nations and cultures in this time of instant communications,” said CEO of Eurotunnel Jacques Gounon. “Eurotunnel is sure that enabling mobile communications from below the waves will be an attraction for many customers."