UK and Australia Trade Ministers welcome new partnership between Transport for London and global communications infrastructure company BAI Communications.
International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan has today (Thursday 14 October) welcomed the launch of the new communications infrastructure partnership between TfL and BAI Communications, which aims to transform the capital into a smart city and boost connectivity across London creating 600 jobs.
She was joined at a launch event at the Leadenhall Building in the City of London by Australian Minister Dan Tehan. The deal between TfL and BAI Communications, whose global operations include the UK, Australia and Canada will upgrade and add state-of-the-art 4G and 5G-capable mobile network capacity to the Underground, ending one of the key ‘not spots’ in the UK and enabling uninterrupted mobile coverage across all underground stations.
International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said:
Billy D’Arcy, CEO of BAI Communications UK, said:
The International Trade Secretary also hosted Mr Tehan for talks on shared trade priorities and closer cooperation on tackling threats to free and fair global trade.
Total trade between the UK and Australia was worth £13.9 billion last year and our new trade deal will create more opportunities for businesses and producers in every part of the UK, making it easier for them to invest across the economy. It will ensure UK investors will benefit from broader and deeper market access than Australia has ever guaranteed before, and ensure the right to invest is protected in all sectors of the economy.
Today’s announcement comes as the UK prepares to welcome global business leaders and industry heavyweights at the UK’s Global Investment Summit next week.