I hadn’t realised just how quick the rail-based metallic tube screams through the Channel Tunnel. Thirty-five minutes to get from England to France? Meanwhile it takes 4.5 hours (at least) to train it from Glasgow to London. Insania.
EE and Vodafone have announced that they’re about to make the former journey a whole lot sweeter, introducing mobile services – including 4G – to the Channel Tunnel (or “Chunnel”, if you prefer) in the coming months.
Ancient old 2G and 3G services will arrive in the Channel Tunnel by March, with EE adding on its blog that it expects its brand of 4G to hit the Chunnel “by summer 2014”.
I’m struggling to find any official announcement from Vodafone, but presumably its 4G service won’t be far behind. Or ahead.
“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,” whispers EE CTO Fotis Karonis.
“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.”