Voice and data service are now available for AT&T, T-Mobile USA and Verizon customers in several NYC subway stations with Sprint coming soon. Boingo Wireless is providing free Wi-Fi to all riders.
Each of the 277 underground subway stations will have wireless and Wi-Fi service by 2017. Current Phase 1 stations include 36 stations in the Chelsea, Midtown and the Upper West Side neighborhoods of Manhattan. Major stations with service include Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Lincoln Center and Columbus Circle. Later this year Bryant Park, Herald Square and Grand Central Terminal will be completed followed by all underground subway stations in Queens in early 2014.
If you are an AT&T, T-Mobile USA or Verizon 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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