Transit Wireless (www.transitwireless.com), a BAI Communications company, received a top honor in the Wireless Broadband Alliance’s (WBA) World Wi-Fi Day Case Study Awards for designing, building and deploying the cellular and Wi-Fi communications network in the 279 underground stations of the New York City subway system. Transit Wireless received the “Best Wi-Fi Deployment to Connect the Unconnected in an Urban Environment” award at a gala dinner at the WBA’s Wireless Global Congress in Liverpool, England on June 29.
“We are thrilled to be recognized by the Wireless Broadband Alliance for the design and installation of the robust neutral host DAS and Wi-Fi networks that provide connectivity not only to riders but businesses and various public safety initiatives in the underground stations of the New York City subway system,” said William A. Bayne, Chief Executive Officer of Transit Wireless. “This award is a testament to the engineering and construction expertise of all those who work on this challenging, critically-important and historic infrastructure project. We look forward to completing the network deployment and delivering greater connectivity and public safety to the millions of New Yorkers and visitors who rely on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) subway system each year.”
Chris Jaeger, BAI Communications Managing Director, Transit System/Large Venues, and Managing Director of Transit Wireless, added, “This award from such an influential global organization is a fitting recognition of the high performance Wi-Fi connectivity we are bringing to subway riders in New York City. BAI is proud to be associated with the Wireless Broadband Alliance’s World Wi-Fi Day and congratulates Transit Wireless on this inaugural award.”
World Wi-Fi Day Case Study Awards honor the success of Wi-Fi deployments that address the digital divide and make Wi-Fi accessible to unconnected communities. For the “Best Wi-Fi Deployment to Connect the Unconnected in Urban Environment” award, the judges evaluated the complexity and scale, the challenges overcome and the innovation of specific deployments. Additionally, the judges assessed the market impact of various projects in helping to bridge the digital divide and connect communities.
Transit Wireless is working to bring Wi-Fi service to all 279 MTA underground subway stations by the end of 2016, with cellular service rolling out as soon as possible. The company is expanding its service offerings to customers as it delivers cellular, Wi-Fi and public safety services to all of New York City’s underground subway stations two years ahead of its contract schedule.
Receiving the award on behalf of Transit Wireless was BAI Canada’s Chief Executive Officer Ken Ranger. As a sister company of Transit Wireless, BAI Canada has partnered with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and built an equally impressive Wi-Fi network in the Toronto subway providing high quality connectivity to the riders and businesses throughout the system carrying 1.5 million riders per day. Transit Wireless and BAI Canada’s Wi-Fi networks utilize common design, deployment and management systems.
On June 20, BAI Communications and Transit Wireless participated in the WBA’s World Wi-Fi Day to recognize and celebrate the important role of Wi-Fi in connecting cities and communities around the world to bridge the digital divide.
About BAI Communications:
BAI Communications designs, builds and operates highly available communications networks – broadcast, radio, cellular, Wi-Fi, digital – for our customers across the globe. With operations in Australia, USA, Canada, Europe and Hong Kong, we are at the heart of some of the most innovative technology around, technology that is keeping people connected. Our companies include Broadcast Australia, Hostworks, Transit Wireless, BAI Canada and RFE. https://www.baicommunications.com
About Transit Wireless:
Transit Wireless is a BAI Communications company, part of a global enterprise that designs, builds and operates highly accessible communications networks – broadcast, radio, cellular, Wi-Fi and digital – for customers across Australia, Asia and North America. 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. Transit Wireless is currently designing, building, operating and financing a neutral host wireless network infrastructure within the 279 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. For further information, go to: www.transitwireless.com. Twitter: @TransitWireless | Instagram: @transitwireless | Facebook: Transit Wireless | LinkedIn: Transit Wireless
About Transit Wireless WiFi™:
Transit Wireless WiFi™ is a free Wi-Fi public network operated by Transit Wireless within connected underground New York City subway stations. The company’s Wi-Fi network hosts more than 6.5 million sessions each month. To access the complimentary Wi-Fi service, riders simply select the SSID “TransitWirelessWiFi” and open their browser and select “Connect”. Riders can access email and surf the Internet while in underground stations. The Transit Wireless WiFi service allows riders to stay connected for up to an hour before having to log on again. For a current listing of activated stations go to: www.transitwirelesswifi.com. Twitter: @TWWiFi | Instagram: @TWWiFi | Facebook: Transit Wireless WiFi
About BAI Canada:
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. The installation of the network comes at no extra cost to the TTC and Toronto taxpayers. In fact, it will generate substantial revenue for the TTC. Website: http://www.baicanada.com