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Carriers Give Up On Tube Mobile Network Before 2012 Olympics

The Transport for London authority along with mobile phone operators have doused London Mayor Boris Johnson's plans of bringing mobile connectivity to the London Underground for the 2012 Olympics.

The TfL and all major wireless operators - O2, Vodafone, Three and Everything Everywhere - have decided to abandon the project due to some funding issues and the complexity of installing the system underground in time for the Olympic games.

London Mayor Boris Johnson was enthused by the project but had earlier warned Londoners that the plans could face some difficulties due to commercial and technical difficulties.

Last week, he announced that target cuts for the Tube upgrades would be increased from £5 billion to £7.6 billion through "negotiations, savings and efficiencies".

“The mayor and TfL made it clear that, given the financial pressures on TfL's budgets, any solution would have to have been funded through mobile operators with no cost to fare or taxpayers,” the TfL said in a statement.

“The parties were not able to agree a viable proposal, and the project is therefore not being progressed at this time,” it added.

Several other major cities and capitals of the world, including Paris and Barcelona already have mobile connectivity on their underground train tunnels.

The project to install a mobile network on the London tube was earlier given a massive boost when Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei promised to offer £50 million worth of equipment for free, as a gift from one Olympic nation to another.