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The Subway Guys

By Mike Collado
December 17th, 2013

Phase I Launch at Toronto Subway

With all apologies to Jared, we’re the subway guys.

At least that’s how an attendee at this summer’s New York State Wireless Association Wireless Forum 2013  referred to us.

It’s hard to argue… SOLiD enables wireless at the world’s largest subway systems including the Seoul Metro (the world’s longest system by length) and the New York City Subway (the world’s largest subway system based on the number of stations).

(Check out our case study for NYC Subway here)

SOLiD also empowers wireless in the Sofia Metro in Bulgaria.

And now the Toronto Subway, where we were recently on-hand with other project partners and stakeholders to help celebrate the launch of wireless service at the busiest two stations of the Toronto Subway: St. George and Bloor-Yonge stations.

(See our blog post on the Phase I launch at NYC Subway here)

BAI Canada was awarded the project from the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to build and operate the network which will deliver Wi-Fi and cellular coverage to all the subway stations including platforms, mezzanines, walkways and stairwells. The TTC anticipates that the design, installation, construction and full implementation of the new wireless network will be completed by the end of 2017.

Here’s a list of news releases and media coverage:



Opening Remarks from Karen Stintz, TTC Chairperson


Brian Jacks, CEO of BAI Canada


Ken Ranger, Chief Operating Officer of BAI Canada


BAI Senior Management Team


SOLiD's Dennis Rigney with BAI's Ken Ranger, Brian Jacks and Chris Jaeger


Antennae Support Wireless Services in Toronto Subway Platforms


Complimentary Wi-Fi Now Available via TCONNECT


All Our Bags Are Packed, We’re Ready To Go!

By Mike Collado
September 11th, 2013

After a brief summer respite, the industry conferences and events are cranking up in earnest. And so are we.

(Actually, we stayed plenty busy, thank-you very much, at the key sports venues and public-safety solutions conferences held during the warmer months)

Conferences are one of the best ways in which we keep our finger on the pulse of the industry. They’re where we present the solutions and initiatives we’re incubating to customers, partners, industry luminaries and peers. And where we engage and advance myriad strategic relationships.

This fall, we will continue to bring thought leadership to solve difficult problems that include network densification (the delivering wireless coverage and capacity when and where smartphone users are to ensure quality of service) and in-building public-safety communications.

Here’s where we plan to be in the coming months. Be sure to check our Event Calendar for updates and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter to connect with us at events where we’re attending.

(We’ve also included some cool photos of public-safety vehicles from yesteryear that were on display from APCO)

BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition

SOLiD Certified Partner Connectivity Wireless leads the pre-conference seminar Future Trends Driving Demand for In-Building Wireless (Distributed Antenna Systems) to discuss how DAS delivers a reliable and efficient means to expand coverage and capacity for cellular and public-safety communications at buildings, campus and venues. The session explores the DAS deployment of SOLiD solutions at Daytona International Speedway. Connectivity will showcase SOLiD gear during the seminar and in their booth (#120).

SOLiD re-joins AGL in Chicago to participate on the Small Cell, DAS, Wi-Fi – the New Wireless Frontier panel to explore the latest technology trends in the deployment of multiple, smaller coverage area nodes. As analyst Iain Gillott points out in a free new white paper that examines technologies for enabling the Het-Net, it’s going to be a tool-box approach:

From iGR’s perspective, the het-net deployment is inevitable – the industry will have to move in this direction to meet the bandwidth demands in the next few years. It is also clear that the industry will solve the issues, although some challenges will take longer than others.

iGR believes that the majority of the initial outdoor small cell deployments in the U.S. will be remote radio heads connected to the baseband units that are hosted in a central, secure location (the term used to describe the architecture is ‘fronthaul’). A backhaul connection will then connect the baseband units to the EPC. This architecture is discussed in more detail in the next section. Note that several major mobile operators are planning major small cell deployments in the next two years using a combination of DAS, RRH, metrocells and WiFi.

Canadian Wireless Trade Show

SOLiD returns to the Canadian Wireless Trade Show to present the session Enabling Wireless Communications at Busy Mass Transit Venues. Drawing upon experience in deploying DAS at two of the world’s largest and busiest subways systems (New York City Subway and Seoul Metro), we’ll share case study examples and explore how airports and subways are addressing cellular capacity and public-safety coverage needs. SOLiD Certified Partner Alliance Corporation will showcase SOLiD DAS solutions in their booth (#400).

Northeast DAS + Small Cell Forum Fall Conference

If you had to pick one reason to go to a Northeast DAS & Small Cell Forum event it’s for networking – they put on a great happy hour! But there’s much more… SOLiD is an Annual Platinum Sponsor because the Forum gathers wireless industry partners, customers and peers to exchange thought leadership. We’re back to join a panel to examine the cost benefits of deploying DAS and Small Cells during the ROI Analysis (Does a DAS or Small Cell Network Deployment Pay?) session. Be sure to stop by SOLiD’s tabletop to hear about our latest projects and initiatives including New York City Subway, Empire State Building and a nearby DC stadium whose team’s name rhymes with “Bats”.

The Wireless Infrastructure Show

PCIA’s flagship event has successfully morphed from an event once-focused on “big iron” macro tower infrastructure to one that addresses today’s need for placing radios close to where smartphone users are. Under the stewardship of Jonathan Adelstein who joined SOLiD at APCO to explore strategies for applying wireless technology to ensure in-building communications for the public and first responders, PCIA also seeks to be a vendor representative for driving RF best-practices. This year, we’re back to challenge the status quo and explore how wireless strategies and technologies will evolve to address future capacity requirements indoors and outdoors during the Evolution of DAS panel. (Hint: flexible and scalable carrier-grade infrastructure is about to take center stage…)

Your Turn…

So what is the most important industry event you will attend this Fall? More importantly, what is the hottest topic the industry is NOT currently talking about?


Compton, CA Engine Company


Anaheim, CA Police Department


Orange County, CA Sheriff Department


The Dog Days of Summer… Not!

By Mike Collado
July 18th, 2013

Long hot days, the beach, the All-Star Game…

It’s summertime!

In spite of the dog days of summer, we’re in full-stride at SOLiD propelled by our record-breaking 2012 year and focused on executing our 2013 gameplan.

Don’t worry, our team members are taking some well-deserved time off at some awesome vacation destinations to recharge and close out the year strong (stay tuned for summer vacation photos).

So in following with the example set by America’s Past Time of pausing, reflecting and looking forward at the halfway point of the season, we’re doing same in this post.

Tempus Fugit

It seems that only yesterday we embarked upon some bold initiatives for 2013.

So far this year, we’ve achieved the equivalent of a Grand Slam: SOLiD now provides DAS solutions at stadiums within the NFL, MLB, NBA, NASCAR and MLS. We’re also delivering wireless within an enviable list of NCAA College Football stadiums. What’s next… Cricket, anyone?

You think stadiums are challenging? Try subways. This April, we joined New York dignitaries and wireless executives to celebrate the Phase I launch of cellular and Wi-Fi service in the New York City Subway which runs on SOLiD. Even Michael Bublé got in on the celebration!

Innovation is a key part of our DNA. Recent product and solution initiatives include our battle-tested fiber backhaul solution for the wide-scale deployment of Small Cells and our GameChanger carrier-class Wi-Fi delivery infrastructure. We also launched the SOLiD Link Balancer Unit (LBU) “DAS Tray” and EXPRESS PS single DAS system for public-safety.

But great products and solutions are only part of a full equation. We’ve built a Professional Services organization to add a little muscle when-needed to help our partners and customers implement and manage their SOLiD DAS network. After all, who knows SOLiD gear better than us?

Another core component of SOLiD is Leadership. Passive InterModulation or PIM is arguably our industry’s biggest challenge and we’ve presented best-practices for addressing this at industry events and webinars. We’ve similarly continued to advance the mission of the Safer Buildings Coalition which seeks to ensure that people inside buildings are notified when there is an emergency and that both people and first responders can communicate using cellular and public-safety devices.

Lastly, we completed our move into our new U.S. Headquarters. Our new address increases warehouse and logistical space threefold, houses SOLiD’s live demonstration showcase and SOLiD University™ training classroom, and is the nerve center for our state of the art Network Operations Center (NOC).

In the News

  • Seth Buechley dishes with TIA NOW anchor Abe Nejad at CTIA on the convergence of cellular, public-safety and Wi-Fi and shares how these services are being deployed.
  • Ken Sandfeld shares with RCR Wireless Editor Jeff Mucci why a scalable fiber infrastructure is needed for future-proof wireless networks having low TCO.

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SOLiD’s Underground Reputation

By Mike Collado
June 18th, 2013

SOLiD exhibited in last week’s New York State Wireless Association Wireless Forum 2013 where numerous attendees approached our tabletop and said:

“Oh, you’re the subway guys.”

Thanks – we love the recognition!

SOLiD’s Distributed Antenna System (DAS) equipment is currently being deployed by Transit Wireless to enable wireless coverage in 277 underground stations in the New York City Subway.

In April, we joined New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Interim Executive Director Thomas F. Prendergast of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) plus executives from Transit Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile USA and Boingo Wireless to celebrate the Phase I launch of cellular and Wi-Fi service in what will be a multi-year project.

But that’s not the only SOLiD subway project…

We’re also enabling cellular coverage in the Seoul Metropolitan Subway.

Which means that two of the largest subways systems in the world run on SOLiD!

By the Numbers

New York City Subway:

  • World’s largest by number of stations (277)
  • 1.6 billion riders each year
  • 5.3 million riders each weekday

Seoul Metropolitan Subway:

  • World’s longest system by length (957.3km)
  • World’s second largest by number of stations
  • 2.5 billion riders each year
  • 6.9 million riders each weekday


Subway Case Studies & News

Read our case study about the NYC Subway.

Check out video coverage on the Phase I launch here and here; and online coverage herehere and here.

Other Industries Run on SOLiD

As much as we love being “the subway guys,” we’re a whole lot more…

SOLiD also enables wireless service – including cellular, public-safety and Wi-Fi – in large sports venues within the NFL, MLB, NBA, MLS, NASCAR and the NCAA.

Leading Hospitals, Universities and Fortune 500 Corporate Campuses as well as Hotels, Resorts and Casinos also run on SOLiD.

SOLiD Subway Gal Marie Lombardi at the NYSWA Tabletop


SOLiD & Transit Wireless at Phase I Launch Celebration


Commemorative Keepsake from Phase I Launch Celebration