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New York City's subway tunnels will provide cellular service over a 10-year construction project

via:凤凰网     time:2022/8/1 11:01:56     readed:95

Cell phone service is coming to New York City's subway tunnels. This week, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced it will begin a 10-year project to lay wireless connections to all 418 miles of underground track beneath the city. As part of an ongoing public-private partnership between the two organizations, Transit Wireless will build the necessary infrastructure and pay the resulting $600 million bill.

Transit Wireless operates the MTA's (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) existing underground WiFi network. It is also a subsidiary of BAI Communications, which has completed similar projects in Toronto, Canada, Hong Kong, China, and other parts of the world. The deal also will let Transit Wireless provide WiFi to all 191 of the MTA's overground stations and 21 Staten Island train stations. The good news for New York users and visitors is that work on the project will not result in additional subway service disruptions.

Transit Wireless plans to pay for the project through data collection and leasing of fiber optic cables to carriers, according to the New York Times. Once the initial investment is recouped, the company will begin sharing the harvest with the MTA. At first, MTA agencies can expect a 20 percent cut, then an increase to 40 percent in the 15th year after Transit Wireless gets its money back.

The MTA isn't the only transit agency offering cellular service to its riders. Last year, Transport for London said the underground would get full mobile Internet access by 2024. Other cities, including Seoul, South Korea, and Paris, France, have deployed similar systems over the years.

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