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Transit Wireless: Unwiring the NYC SubwayTransit Wireless: Unwiring the NYC Subway

Transit Wireless is gearing up to unwire another 40 NYC subway stations, starting in October. Here's how it's happening...

Dan Jones

September 10, 2013

4 Min Read
Transit Wireless: Unwiring the NYC Subway

NEW YORK -- If you've ridden the subway in midtown New York City recently you may have been pleasantly -- or perhaps unpleasantly -- surprised to find that you can now get connected over 4G or WiFi down there.

The source of this connectivity is housed on a factory loft floor in an unassuming building on the west side of 30th Street in the Big Apple. Within its white walls stands a welter of wireless, WiFi, and optical equipment designed to bring the Web, email, and voice calls to users waiting for their trains. (See 4G LTE Grows (Above & Below).)

For this is the home of the first Transit Wireless LLC basestation hotel. Click on the image below to see more:

Figure 1: 4G to the C Train 3G, 4G, and WiFi have started to arrive in Manhattan, thanks to Transit Wireless. 3G, 4G, and WiFi have started to arrive in Manhattan, thanks to Transit Wireless.

As it stands, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and T-Mobile US Inc. have multi-frequency 3G and 4G cellular RF gear installed in the facility. AT&T has noticeably more equipment deployed than its Magenta rival. Boingo Wireless Inc. is the WiFi partner for the venture.

Verizon Wireless is due to deploy in the basestation hotel later this year. Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) expects to hop on the subway service early in 2014. Once those carriers have deployed, the 30th Street location will be nearly full to the brim. (See Verizon Onboard With NYC Subway Wireless.)

So, what's actually happening?

Transit Wireless is undertaking the five-year project in partnership with the MTA to design and deploy 3G and 4G LTE cellular and WiFi services in all 277 stations in the New York subway system.

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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