BAI Canada Expands Railway Coverage
Published on: 14th Aug 2014
BAI Canada and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) have brought wireless internet service to Bay Station as part of a broader plan to extend Wi Fi and cellular capabilities to all underground subway stations. Bloor Yonge and St. George were the first two stations to get Wi Fi, in December 2013.
Work has already begun at Wellesley, College, Dundas and Union stations, and 18 stations encompassing the lower loop and Spadina stations will have Wi-Fi service by the first quarter of 2015, ahead of the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games in July 2015.
The introduction of Wi-Fi at Bloor-Yonge and St. George stations came with the launch of TConnect, BAI Canada's free to the public, sponsored Wi-Fi service. TConnect has worked with brands like Mondelez, Tim Hortons, the City of Toronto and now Koodo to provide free Wi-Fi to TTC riders. Since launch, the TConnect network has been accessed by more than 200,000 unique users more than 1.5 million times.
In June alone, TTC riders used more than three terabytes of data on the Wi-Fi network.
BAI Canada and the TTC are delivering Wi-Fi and cellular infrastructure to all public areas of all subway stations, including platforms, mezzanines, walkways and stairwells. The installation of this service comes at no cost to the TTC and Toronto taxpayers - 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.