Wi-Fi Coverage Deployed on Toronto's Subway Stations
Published on: 10th Dec 2013
Canada's Toronto Transit Commission has launched a free advertising supported Wi Fi service at two of its busiest stations that collectively handle around a quarter of its daily commuter traffic.
This announcement marks the first of many milestones in a larger wireless installation project that will help commuters stay connected throughout the TTC subway system. BAI Canada is building a shared wireless Wi-Fi and cellular infrastructure that allows wireless communications services for transit riders within underground subway stations. When complete, each station will host the WiFi service and be cellular-capable, ready for cellular operators to sign on to the service.
"The wireless platform will allow transit riders access to real-time information on-the-go, including TTC alerts and updates," said TTC Chair Karen Stintz. "We are pleased to offer this service to our riders while generating substantial revenue to the TTC, which will help fund continued service improvements."
BAI Canada has partnered with the Performance Content Group who has launched a new mobile and content marketing initiative with Starcom MediaVest Group and AOL Canada and its news site, The Huffington Post Canada.
The official launch follows a two-week soft launch that began on November 25, where customers at these stations had the opportunity to test the Wi-Fi network first-hand.
BAI Canada and the TTC are delivering WiFi and cellular infrastructure to all subway stations, covering all public areas including platforms, mezzanines, walkways and stairwells within the 65 current and planned underground stations. BAI Canada is paying the TTC $25 million over 20 years for the rights to install and operate the network. The second phase of the project is the extension of the cellular network within the TTC tunnels. All work is expected to be complete in three to four years.