Commuters can now access a China Unicom 3G signal on subway lines 1 and 2, confirmed Beijing Unicom Tuesday, although some passengers have still complained the signal at some stations and in tunnels is unstable.
Web users posted news of the 3G discovery Tuesday, saying it covered the two lines, but some microbloggers wrote that at some stations, such as Muxidi on Subway Line 1, they could not surf online due to the poor signal.
A media officer from Beijing Unicom, who asked for anonymity, told the Global Times that all stations on subway lines 1 and 2 have been covered by the 3G signal.
"The tunnels are also covered but it's not yet stable," he said, adding that the tunnels are expected to have a stable signal by the end of this year.
The officer refused to elaborate on whether other subway lines could expect to see a 3G service.
But an operator at Beijing Unicom's customer service hotline, who would not give her name, told the Global Times that Unicom 3G signals can be accessed on lines 4 and 15 and the Yizhuang Line on the Beijing subway system.
"The 3G network on lines 1 and 2 is under construction while the other lines have not been covered by 3G signals," she said.
The operator said she had not received any notification that the two lines have been covered by the signal.
"But if passengers discovered it, maybe it's because the construction of the 3G network in some stations has finished," she said.
Hou Jiajing, a resident of Shijingshan district, told the Global Times that she had discovered the Unicom 3G signal on Subway Line 1 this week, although the signal is not consistent.
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