Company announces organizational developments to enhance the delivery of underground wireless services to TTC riders
(Toronto, ON) June 5, 2014: BAI Canada Inc. has appointed Ken Ranger to the role of Chief Executive Officer.
In this role, Ranger will head up the design, operations and marketing functions of the organization. BAI Canada is currently working with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to install a robust and efficient Wi-Fi and cellular infrastructure in its subway system.
Ranger joined BAI Canada in March 2013 as Chief Operating Officer, and brings 20 years of telecommunications infrastructure experience. Ranger has built wireless and wireline networks across Canada, the United States and South America. Prior to joining BAI Canada, Ranger was a principal at a Canadian engineering consultancy supporting telecommunication companies across the country.
“This is an exciting time for BAI Canada, and I am confident Ken is the right person to lead an expanding team to build a world class, multi-application, broadband wireless network within the TTC subway system that will bring tremendous benefits to the TTC and its riders,” said Chris Jaeger, Managing Director International Business, BAI Group.
BAI Canada is part of BAI Group, a global group of experts that build high quality wireless networks for transit systems, and has deployed networks in complex systems in cities like New York and Hong Kong.
Ranger takes over the CEO role from Brian Jacks, Vice President, Corporate Development North America for BAI Group. Jacks served as BAI Canada’s interim CEO as the organization developed the infrastructure for the TTC’s initial stations, and will continue to support North American operations.
To further support the advancement of this project, BAI Canada has also appointed Josh MacKinnon as Director, Engineering Systems. MacKinnon comes to BAI with an extensive background in deploying Wi-Fi infrastructure in the transit sector, gained through roles at Amtrak and Via Rail.
In December 2013, BAI Canada officially introduced ad-supported free Wi-Fi, TCONNECT at Bloor-Yonge and St. George Stations. After the completion of these prototype stations, BAI and the TTC will move on to deploy shared Wi-Fi and cellular infrastructure throughout the TTC subway system. “We have and are continuing to hire local engineering and project staff to ensure the delivery of a high quality network, on time, supported by resources and expertise from our global group,” said Ranger. “BAI Canada is looking forward to the road ahead throughout our 20+ year agreement with the TTC.”
About BAI Canada
BAI Canada is part of a group of global experts that design, build, operate, maintain and own communication networks. 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.
BAI Canada is building a robust, high quality network in Toronto for the TTC and its riders. BAI Canada will own and operate the subway wireless communications network and function as a single point of contact for all Toronto licensed Wireless Service Providers to extend their cellular services to the TTC’s more than 1.7 million daily riders.
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