New York City Expands Railway Phone Coverage
Published on: 19th Feb 2014
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Transit Wireless says that it has started expanding mobile phone coverage in New York City's subway commuter rail network.
Service will roll out progressively throughout Phase Two, starting with 11 stations in mid-town Manhattan, including Grand Central Terminal, 34th St. Herald Square and Bryant Park. Construction for the entire borough of Queens will begin rolling out in March. Phase Two will provide nearly 250 million annual riders with cellular service on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon Wireless as well as Wi-Fi.
The Phase Two build-out is expected to be completed by June 2014.
Transit Wireless is currently building a new, secure Base Station Hotel in Queens to house the wireless carriers' telecommunications equipment and continues to build the high-speed underground fiber network that will bring cellular service and Wi-Fi to the Queens underground subway stations.
A Successful 2013 for Underground Wi-Fi
Transit Wireless also released Wi-Fi statistics from the 36 online stations in 2013. Powered by Boingo Wireless, the Wi-Fi network served 2.6 million connections throughout the year. The network processed more than 60 terabytes (TB) of data with the average user spending nine minutes on the network. Smartphones like the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy SŪ 4 were the most popular devices to connect to the Wi-Fi network and were responsible for 76 percent of the data usage.