4 Mar 2012

Mobile phone usage soon in Channel Tunnel

7:34 am on 4 March 2012

Passengers in the Channel tunnel linking Britain and Europe will soon be able to use their mobile phones while under the sea.

The Daily Telegraph reports a French technology group has sorted out a way of connecting the tunnel with mobile phone networks.

The system is to go live in July, in time for the Olympic Games in London.

The Channel tunnel opened in 1994 and links Folkestone in England to Calais in France. The three tunnels are 50.5km long, of which 37.9km run under the English Channel.

Eurotunnel runs a shuttle service for vehicles, while Eurostar operates high-speed passenger services linking London with Paris and Brussels.