Verizon Onboard With NYC Subway Wireless

Verizon Wireless users in NYC can soon look forward to a welter of text messages, noisy calls, and cat videos on their subway commute below areas of Manhattan as the operator becomes the last major mobile operator to go underground in the Big Apple.

Verizon Wireless revealed Tuesday morning that it has finalized agreements with subway network provider, Transit Wireless LLC, to deploy 3G and 4G LTE service in subway stations. The service will be available "later this year," according to a release from Transit Wireless.

Verizon is the last of the major US mobile operators to get onboard with the subway service scheme. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and T-Mobile US Inc. are operational now in the 36 stations online, which stretch between Chelsea and 96 Street on multiple lines right now. Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) said late in July that it will support NYC subway service "early in 2014." (See 4G LTE Grows (Above & Below).)

Transit Wireless is building out a system of distributed antennas (DAS) at NYC subway stations to extend 3G and 4G services. Operator base stations connect to Transit's radio interface and optical distribution system in its base station hotel. Radio signals are combined, converted to optical signals, and distributed on the Transit Wireless fiber optic cable through ducts under city streets to subway stations where the cables connect to multi-band RF antennas that connect to subscriber devices.

Here's a video from Transit on its plans:

Forty new subway stations are expected be online in the first quarter of 2014. The full network of 277 stations is expected to be live within four years.

Here are the stations that are live now:

Table 1: NYC Subway Stations With 3G & 4G Service

1 23 Street – 8 Ave. CE
2 14 Street – 8 Ave. ACE
3 14 Street – 7 Ave. 123
4 14 Street – 6 Ave. FM
5 14 Street – 8 Ave. L
6 14 Street – 6 Ave. L
7 96 Street BC
8 86 Street BC
9 28 Street 1
10 18 Street 1
11 81 Street-Museum of Natural History BC
12 72 Street BC
13 79 Street 1
14 23 Street 1
15 96 Street 123
16 66 Street-Lincoln Center 1
17 72 Street 123
18 57 Street F
19 47-50 Streets-Rockefeller Center BDFM
20 57 Street-7 Ave. NQR
21 28 Street NR
22 50 Street 1
23 50 Street CE
24 23 Street NR
25 49 Street NR
26 5 Ave.-53 Street EM
27 59 Street-Columbus Circle 1
28 59 St-Columbus Circle ABCD
29 7 Ave. BDE
30 Times Square-42 Street 123
31 Times Square-42 Street NQR
32 Times Square-42 Street 7
33 Times Square-42 Street ACE
34 Times Square-42 Street S
35 5 Ave.-59 Street NR
36 86 Street 1
Source: Transit Wireless LLC

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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PaulS681 3/8/2014 | 6:16:38 PM
All Carriers on Board? I would think all carriers need to get on board with this. With the amount of subway riders I'm surprised Verizon is just getting around to doing it. How is the service provided by AT&T and TMobile I wonder? Like anything it's going to cost the carrier money but if they do it cheaply and it doesn't work well... That could mean lost customers.
DanJones 3/8/2014 | 3:17:05 PM
Re: A bit delayed Ok then!
DanJones 1/29/2014 | 5:49:39 PM
Re: A bit delayed Sprint is next apparently.
DanJones 1/29/2014 | 12:45:49 PM
A bit delayed They ran over a little bit on the schedule. This was originally supposed to be available late in 2013.

DanJones 8/26/2013 | 11:18:50 AM
Congestion Yeah. Makes sense.
milan03 8/26/2013 | 11:13:09 AM
Re: Not the worst that could happen I think it's the amount of users each low powered cell can serve at once.
DanJones 8/26/2013 | 10:53:04 AM
Re: Not the worst that could happen Keeps busting me back to EDGE on recent rides under 14 street. Getting congested maybe?
DanJones 8/22/2013 | 12:02:29 AM
Re: Not the worst that could happen I can never get connected quick enough before we head to the next station.
milan03 8/21/2013 | 11:19:20 PM
Re: Not the worst that could happen I've never even tried that complimentary WiFi, have you?
DanJones 8/21/2013 | 8:18:28 PM
Re: Not the worst that could happen Or curse like the devil when you realize you're on EDGE, scaring the other passengers.
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