AT&T and T-Mobile First to Offer Cell Service in NYC Subways
According to sources cited by BusinessWeek, AT&T and T-Mobile are prepared to sign 10-year contracts with Transit Wireless, which would allow them to provide cellular service in 277 stations of the New York City subway system. Transit Wireless gained the funding it needed to move forward with a years-old plan to build the network in July of this year. AT&T and T-Mobile will be able to access that network and provide their own, branded coverage to customers. 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. The Metropolitan Transit Authority first struck a deal with Transit Wireless in 2007 to provide service in subway stations (but not the tunnels). BusinessWeek says terms of the deal may be announced during the week of October 4.
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.
Apple Maps Gains Transit Directions
Apple today announced that Apple Maps in iOS 9 will support transit information and directions. The update supports multi-modal trips, including walking, subway, and ferry segments.
Transit Wireless to Start Phase 3 of NYC Subway Project
Transit Wireless and the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority today said more New York City residents will gain access to cellular service when using the subway. To start, Transit Wireless has completed Phase 2 of the project, which means 11 new stations in Manhattan and 29 stations in Queens are now connected with cellular and Wi-Fi service.
Transit Wireless Brings Service to 20 Stations In the Bronx
Transit Wireless today said it has completed Phase 4 of its project to bring cellular and WiFi service to subway stations across New York City. Phase 4 adds coverage to 20 stations in the Bronx, as well as 17 stations in Manhattan.
Chicago to Install LTE 4G Throughout Subway System
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced an initiative along with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless that will see the city's subway system upgraded with LTE 4G. The City of Chicago and Chicago Transit Authority have agreed to fund the project with $32.5 million.
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