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New York City Underground Railway Gets Cellphone Coverage

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New York City subway riders who use either T Mobile or AT&T now have cellphone, text, and data service at six underground stations.

Transit Wireless, the contractor responsible for the installation, expects to provide service to the remaining 271 underground stations within four years and has already begun design work on the next 30 stations on the west side of Manhattan, including Times Square, Herald Square and Columbus Circle.

Those 30 stations are expected to be completed within a year.

As part of the service, E911 also provides added security underground with uninterrupted access to 911 and the ability for 911 dispatchers to know when a call is being placed at street level or underground in the subway.

Transit Wireless and the mobile networks are paying the full cost of the project, estimated at up to USD200 million, including the cost of NYC Transit forces that provide flagging, protection and other support services. The MTA and Transit Wireless would also evenly split revenues from occupancy fees paid by the wireless carriers and other sub-licensees of the network. Transit Wireless will pay the MTA a minimum annual compensation of $3.3 million once the full build out of the network is complete.

Negotiations with other mobile networks are ongoing. Transit Wireless also expects to establish sublicense arrangements with Wi-Fi providers to give customers additional data and internet access in the near future.

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