Last Thursday, 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 launch of cellular and Wi-Fi service in 36 underground stations of the New York City Subway.
Even crooner Michael Bublé got in on the action!
The event was held in one of the stations at Times Square and marked the completion of the first phase of a multi-year plan to deliver wireless communications in 277 stations.
Transit Wireless owns and operates the subway station wireless communications network and acts as a neutral host for extending a variety of wireless carrier services to NYCTA’s more than 1.6 billion riders annually.
SOLiD’s Distributed Antenna System (DAS) equipment was selected by Transit Wireless in 2012 for the project.
Here’s a highlight of quotations and photos (we’ll share more soon):
“This goes beyond providing cell service underground. It brings our customers a new level of security – with the ability to dial 911 in an emergency,” said Governor Cuomo. “Customers now know that when they see something, they can now say something using their device to call 911. And now with all the major carriers on board, the vast majority of MTA customers will have the ability to do so.”
“The MTA has been on a clearly defined mission to bring our mass transit system into the 21st century with upgrades to the station environment through several ambitious new-technology communications projects like this one, aimed at improving the travel experiences of our customers while offering another level of security,” said MTA Interim Executive Director Thomas F. Prendergast.
“The New York City subway system is one of the most heavily trafficked systems in the world and now riders have wireless service,” said William A. Bayne Jr., CEO of Transit Wireless. “This network benefits not only riders, but city workers and first responders, and it will be the backbone for future technology and safety improvements to the city’s subway stations.”
“We are thrilled to mark the completion of Phase 1 which brings cellular and Wi-Fi service to 36 New York City Subway system stations,” said Seth Buechley, President of SOLiD. “We look forward to our continued collaboration with Transit Wireless to provide New Yorkers the same level of wireless service underground as they enjoy above-ground.”
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