2G and 3G services will be available by March with 4G available by the summer

Mobile services to launch in Eurotunnel in March

Passengers will soon be able to use 2G and 4G mobile services while travelling through the Channel Tunnel.

Mobile operator EE said the service will be available to passengers in the north tunnel – the one towards France – from March and by the summer, the whole Channel Tunnel will be covered by superfast 4GEE mobile services.

Around 20 million people travel through the Channel Tunnel each year, either on the Eurotunnel shuttle in their cars or lorries or on a Eurostar train.

EE chief technology officer Fotis Karonis said: "We're proud to offer customers a superfast 4G service when they're travelling from the UK into Europe. It's another technology first for EE, and it's one that will make a big difference to business workers and people going away on holiday."

“Being connected is such an important part of travelling now and this will be another route we’ve covered with 4G, making a huge difference to millions of customers who can now make the most of their journey time.”

Eurotunnel said mobile phone company Vodafone would also be providing 2G and 3G services in the north tunnel and intended to offer 4G services later. Eurotunnel said it had signed a 10-year agreement with EE and Vodafone.

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