Mind the DAS! AT&T & Sprint Aboard Full NYC Subway Project
AT&T and Sprint are now committed to have service in all 277 underground subway stations in New York City, Transit Wireless tells Light Reading as it continues its metro deployment.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) revealed Wednesday that it will support the entire Transit Wireless project. The operator is expecting to deploy a distributed antenna system (DAS) that supports 3G and 4G services -- as well as free WiFi from Boingo Wireless Inc. -- in all of the subterranean NYC subway stations by the end of 2017. (See Transit Wireless: Unwiring the NYC Subway.)
Light Reading checked with Transit Wireless to see which of the other big four mobile operators are fully committed to the underground wireless project so far.
"AT&T and Sprint have committed for the full project, and Verizon and T-Mobile are committed through phase two. However, contract negotiations are ongoing," a Transit Wireless spokeswoman tells us.
The company recently said that it has about 50 stations in Manhattan deployed so far and is adding service in Queens as it builds out the deployment. The footprint is expected to be up around 77 stations by the year's end. (See Take the 4G Train: More Wireless in NYC Subways.)
You can check out the live stations here.
— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading