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US Networks Sign up for Underground Coverage in New York City

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Two US networks, AT&T and T Mobile are reported to have signed network sharing deals with a company that is currently building a wireless network covering the New York underground railway stations.

AT&T and T-Mobile will have the option to renew the contracts four times in increments of five years each, Pat Smith, a spokesman for closely held Transit Wireless told Bloomberg News. A formal announcement is expected next week.

Work will commence shortly to establish wireless communications infrastructure in the first six stations by 2012. Transit Wireless announced in July that it had secured financing to build the network for all of New York's 277 underground subway stations. Plans for such a network had been on hold for around three years while the firm raised the necessary funding.

The total project is expected to cost $150 million to $200 million to cover all the stations, while the transport network will receive USD46.8 million over 10 years.

One of the system's features will allow the source of a cell phone's signal to be located within a station, allowing better response times from emergency service providers and 911 call center operators.

On the web: Bloomberg News

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