Stalled in the station for nearly three years, New York City Transit says plans for citywide subway Wi-Fi are back on. The $200 million project was revived after the group that won the contract
secured new financing from an Australian mobile-infrastructure operator, according to Bloomberg
"As part of the deal, Broadcast Australia took
a majority stake in Transit Wireless LLC, the group of wireless and construction companies that was awarded the subway contract in 2007 and promised New York City Transit about $46 million over 10
years," Bloomberg reports. "The system will give New York's commuters a service people in Singapore, Berlin and Tokyo have had for years." Transit Wireless is expected to begin installing smoke
detector-size antennas in six stations within the next two months, while stations could be completed at a rate of 10 to 15 per month. Once the project is done, riders are expected to have mobile
service on the platform, mezzanines and portions of the tunnels. Carriers including AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel will have to pay Transit Wireless to use its network.
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