MTA Approves Long-Delayed NYC Subway Cell Coverage
New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority has finally green-lighted a project that will provide 3G cellular and Wi-Fi coverage to the city's underground subway stations and tunnels. The MTA first struck a deal with Transit Wireless in 2007 to provide service in subway stations (but not the tunnels). Four companies, including Transit Wireless and Q-Wireless, are participating in this new venture. "This project was stalled for too long, and we will be working with the contractor to make up as much time as possible," MTA spokesman Jeremy Soffin told the New York Daily News. Now that the plans are approved, Transit Wireless and its partners have up to two years to install test coverage areas in six subway stations. Upon the successful completion and testing of those six trial sites, Transit will then have another four years to complete building out the underground coverage network across all 277 subway stations. Even if the network goes up, however, it doesn't automatically mean that all users will have coverage. The individual cellular network operators each need to sign a deal with Transit Wireless before the can offer their services through the system.
NYC Reaches Full Cellular Coverage In All Subway Stations
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced that by January 9th, all underground subway stations in New York City will have cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. The system was built and is maintained by Transit Wireless, which confirmed to Phone Scoop that this milestone includes all four major wireless carriers, at all covered stations.
New Yorkers Can Now Buy Train Tickets From Smartphones
Commuters who ride select Long Island Railroad or Metro-North routes can use the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's new eTix app to purchase, activate, and use train tickets. The MTA says mobile ticketing is available to those who ride LIRR's Port Washington branch or Metro-North's Hudson Line, with support for all branches/lines due by the end of August.
US Cellular Coverage Reaches Google's Project Fi
Google has updated its Project Fi app in order to take advantage of cellular coverage offered by U.S. Cellular.
Sprint's 'Magic Box' Is An In-Home Small Cell to Help Improve Coverage
Sprint today announced the Magic Box, a tool Sprint hopes consumers and businesses will use to help it densify its LTE network. The Magic Box is similar to a signal booster in that owners place it in a window.
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