The ability to make a cellphone call while in an underground subway station in New York City was impossible just a couple of years ago. The same is true for web surfing on free Wi-Fi while waiting for a train. But Transit Wireless is changing that. Having installed cellular and free Wi-Fi networks in some 150 underground subway stations and working toward connecting all 278 subterranean stations 2.5 years ahead of schedule, Transit Wireless is part of multi-tiered city, state and private initiatives to keep New Yorkers connected where they work, play or traverse the city.
At Changing Digital Landscape NYC 2016, a recent Meet-Up event, Transit Wireless’ Communications Director Ericka Hatfield explained that mobile connectivity in subway stations is not just something people want, the Transit Wireless network is something New York needs, as it also provides critical public safety communications.
“Tourists, as well as New Yorkers, have come to expect mobile connectivity everywhere in the city,” Hatfield said. “While that’s not an unreasonable expectation for the city that never sleeps, the fact that New York is a 24/7 city is actually one of the challenges to building the networks that keep people connected.”
In addition to Transit Wireless, the Changing Digital Landscape NYC 2016 event included Erica Gonzalez, New York City Council Digital Strategy Director and speakers from LinkNYC, The New York Technology Council, Just Reach Out, Silicon Harlem and Neighborhoods.nyc. The expert panel addressed a full-house of 150 people. Topics of discussion included the latest digital projects being deployed and how these impact business, the economy and residential life. Event organizers noted that there was a dramatic increase in attendance at this year’s event compared to last year, indicating the growing interest in the city’s digital advancements.
About Transit Wireless
Transit Wireless, A BAI Communications company, is designing, building, operating and financing a neutral-host wireless network infrastructure within 278 underground stations of the New York City subway system. This highly resilient network supports consumer business, transit and public safety communications needs by operating on all primary licensed cellular bands, public unlicensed bands and the 4.9GHz public safety band. 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 Wireless for New York City Transit customers within the underground subway stations and related opportunities. To date, Transit Wireless has completed installation in 147 stations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx For further information go to: www.transitwireless.com.