More than 31,000 commuters use the Gautrain between Pretoria and Johannesburg on a daily basis. One of the things that irritate some of these commuters is the lack of cell phone signals in the underground tunnels and some stations on the route.
Great news is that this is going to change over the next few years! Plans are being made to provide commuters with cell phone signals at all subterranean levels of the Gautrain system. According the Ismael Vadi (the Gauteng Transport MEC) agreements have already been signed with all mobile networks and the project will be implemented in three phases.
The first step will be the enabling of voice communication at all Gautrain stations by June 2013. The second step will be the introduction of cell phone signals in the Gautrain tunnels by December 2013. The third step will be availability of full strength signal on the whole Gautrain route by July 2014.
This is great news for both Gautrain commuters and the residents of Gauteng as this will put South Africa ahead of the UK – plans for a similar system were shelved for the London Underground in 2011.
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The original article was published on the News24 website.