If you have ever traveled on London Underground you may have noticed that some UK carriers have “black spots” in certain areas, well this should be a thing of the past within a year as Huawei has agreed to install a mobile phone network in the tunnels in time for London’s 2012 Olympics.
According to Yahoo News Huawei will install the £50 million network for free and it will involve installing mobile transmitters on the ceilings of the underground tunnels, Vodafone and O2 have agreed to pay for the installation work and Huawei hope to get a return via maintenance fees.
There are some concerns suggesting that getting a Chinese firm to provide the network posed a security risk, the Conservative party’s Patrick Mercer had this to say on the matter “It has been proven that a proportion of the cyberattacks on this country come from China”, however Huawei has been around for 23 years and its founder claims that he has no ties the Chinese military.
We are unsure as to when this work will begin, however with the London Olympics kicking of in July 2012 we would imaginer it would have to start pretty soon.
Are you concerned about the potential security risks?