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NYC Subway WiFi Project Is a New Year Wrap

Dan Jones

WiFi warriors, come out to play!

Transit Wireless has covered more than 230 NYC subway stations with WiFi and now says it will be done with the wireless LAN deployment by the end of the year. Transit Wireless LLC was first awarded a 25-year contract by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to deploy and maintain cellular and WiFi service across the New York subway system in 2007.

The company uses WiFi hotspots and a distributed antenna system (DAS) -- connected via fiber to its basestation hotels -- to offer the service across the underground stations in the NYC subway system. All of the major US mobile operators are offering varying degrees of cellphone coverage underground now. (See Transit Wireless Accelerates WiFi Deployment in NYC Subway and Transit Wireless: Unwiring the NYC Subway.)

Transit Wireless told me Monday morning that the WiFi deployment will be completed by December 31 of this year. I can confirm that the deployment in Brooklyn now covers the entire A, C and L lines, and at least part of the F line.

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Transit Wireless had initially said it would complete the combined cellular and WiFi deployment by the end of 2017. The focus on getting WiFi done first is basically the company handling the part of the rollout that it can deliver without waiting for the carriers to deploy equipment in its basestation hotels.

All the major carriers are signed on for the service. They aren't, however, all deploying on the same schedule. Transit Wireless tells me that cellular services can follow swiftly on the heels of WiFi when the 4G basestations are in place.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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12/12/2016 | 4:55:05 PM
Re: I rode the rails
That's interesting that they completed it way ahead of schedule. I wonder what how typical large scale buildout's fare. I'm guessing the NYC subway project may be impressive for getting it done so way ahead of the schedule. Wonder if there was some incentive for early completion.
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11/28/2016 | 2:47:58 PM
I rode the rails
I can definitely confirm that the whole A line is now covered. Rode it this weekend.
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