(Toronto, ON) October 16, 2014;
BAI Canada’s sister company Transit Wireless announced the completion of a major expansion of wireless service in subway stations, extending underground connectivity to eleven (11) new Manhattan stations and twenty-nine (29) more in Queens. Work has already begun to bring another 39 stations online by spring 2015 as part of the project to wire all 279 underground stations by 2017. Executives from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Transit Wireless will be holding a press conference via live stream at www.worldcastlive.com/transitwireless.
Today’s announcement will include representatives from the four major U.S. wireless carriers and Royal Caribbean International at a press conference held at the Court Square Station in Long Island City, Queens at 11:00am today.
Phase II of the wireless and Wi-Fi network build-out covers 29 underground stations in Queens and 11 in Manhattan. The Phase I and II stations will connect 47 million riders monthly in Manhattan and Queens. In April 2013, 36 Midtown Manhattan underground stations were first connected and customers have responded enthusiastically to the wireless connectivity underground.
BAI Canada is part of a global group of experts including Transit Wireless that build high quality wireless networks for underground transit systems. Similar to Transit Wireless, BAI Canada is building a shared Wi-Fi and cellular infrastructure for the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) that will allow wireless communications services for TTC riders within underground subway stations.
“BAI Canada is currently building out wireless infrastructure and cellular connectivity to Dundas, Queen, King and Union subway stations. Eighteen (18) stations encompassing the lower loop and Spadina stations will be complete in the first quarter of 2015, ahead of the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games in July 2015” said Ken Ranger, CEO, BAI Canada.
BAI Canada will continue to design, build, operate and maintain the expanding network for the duration of the 20+ year contract with the TTC. At completion, the entire project will cover all public areas including platforms, mezzanines, walkways and tunnels within the 65 current and planned underground stations.
“BAI Canada and Transit Wireless aim to ensure all subway riders experience a more seamless connection on-the-go” said Chris Jaeger, Managing Director, International Business/Transit Systems/Large Venues, BAI Group. “Each station is cellular capable and the Wi-Fi services provided by both companies is completely free to anyone who uses it. To log on, customers can select the corresponding SSID on their Wi-Fi equipped device, open a browser and type in a URL and click “Next”.
About BAI Canada
BAI Canada is a subsidiary of Canadian-owned BAI Group, a leader in wireless communications for underground transit systems, broadcast communications, private radio networks and online communications. BAI Group is building and operating the wireless network in the New York subway. It has also been involved in deploying and maintaining communication networks for some of the most complex subway systems around the world, including Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation.
About Transit Wireless
Transit Wireless has implemented a high quality, highly resilient network that enables secure private networks and public Wi-Fi. Transit Wireless was formed specifically to meet the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) requirement to provide a shared wireless infrastructure to enable commercial wireless services provided by AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon for New York City Transit customers within the underground subway stations and related opportunities. Transit Wireless’ new Wi-Fi service, is sponsored through 2014 by Royal Caribbean International. Additional partners and sponsors for the launch of Phase II include Mindshare, citybuzz, Corning, GrayBar, Motorola Solutions, PCTel, Presidio, SoLiD and V-Comm.