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Chicago to Install LTE 4G Throughout Subway System

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Jan 30, 2015, 10:32 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Jan 30, 2015, 10:36 AM

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. The four carriers will undertake the upgrade themselves with a distributed antenna system, or DAS. The existing system has been in place nearly 10 years and is now outdated. Emanuel said the project will deliver continuous 4G coverage along the 22-mile stretch between O-Hare airport through the tunnels and platforms of the Red and Blue Lines. Work on the project actually began earlier this month and will be complete by the end of the year. Los Angeles recently announced a similar initiative. Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C., also offer underground cell service in their respective transit systems.


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Feb 1, 2015, 4:03 AM

Welcome To The 21st Century

Welcome Chicago - To The 21st Century.

We have been enjoying 4G LTE in our subways (BART) for 18 months or longer already.
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