Voice and data service are now available for AT&T, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and Sprint customers in several NYC subway stations. Boingo Wireless is providing free Wi-Fi to all riders.
Each of the 278 underground subway stations will have wireless and Wi-Fi service by 2017. Currently 47 stations throughout the Upper West side and Midtown Manhattan have service. Major stations with service include Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle, Bryant Park, Herald Square and Grand Central Terminal. The entire borough of Queens will be completed this summer.
If you are an AT&T, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless or Sprint cellular customer, you will connect automatically to the network when entering the operational subway stations.
All riders can connect to the free Wi-Fi. It's as easy as:
The wireless carriers co-locate their equipment at a secure Transit Wireless base station, a resilient, fault-tolerant facility with redundant air conditioning and power. The network supports a wide range of cellular bands and technologies including GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, TDMA, HSPA, HSPA+ and LTE.
The signals are then distributed on fiber optic cable through ducts under city streets to subway stations where the cables connect to multi-band radio frequency (RF) nodes, which are placed on platforms, mezzanines and at various points within public access passageways. Finally, the signal is extended to strategically located antennas throughout each subway station to provide seamless coverage from above ground to underground stations.
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