Wireless today announced that its project with the Metropolitan
Transportation Authority (MTA)
to bring cellular service and Wi-Fi to the New York City subway system
has been named one of five finalists for the GSM Association's (GSMA)
19th annual Global
Mobile Awards in the Best Mobile Innovations for "Smart Cities"
category. The winners will be presented in an afternoon ceremony on
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in
More than 680 submissions were made for 38 awards in eight categories
for this year's awards and more than 160 nominees were shortlisted as
finalists. More than 175 independent analysts, journalists, academics
and subject matter experts throughout the world participated in the
"We are honored to be nominated for this prestigious award," said
William A. Bayne Jr., CEO of Transit Wireless. "Building a sophisticated
telecommunications network in a 110 year old subway system is no easy
task, but through the hard work and dedication of our partners, the MTA,
the New York City Transit Authority, AT&am;T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon
Wireless, we are bringing countless benefits to the subway's patrons and
the city at large."
"The MTA's firm commitment to bring our transit system into the 21st
Century also brings a new level of customer convenience and security,"
said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast. "We look forward to our
continued partnership with Transit Wireless to make universal
connectivity for our customers a reality in the coming years."
The New York City subway system consists of 468 subway stations across
four boroughs - 277 of which are underground - and serves an annual
ridership of 1.65 billion people. The network offers cell phone and
Wi-Fi connectivity, enabling voice and data functions such as phone
calls, text messages, emails, music and video streaming and more, all
underground, it also enables important services that improve safety and
security, such as E911. Employees and first responders also benefit from
enhanced communications capabilities in an emergency.
Transit Wireless has an exclusive license to design, deploy and operate
the wireless network to provide coverage in the underground stations
with the license extending until 2038. Transit Wireless and the carriers
are paying 100 percent of the cost of the project, estimated at up to
"We strive to provide our customers in New York City, and across the
country, with the best possible mobile experience. Participating in this
project is another way we are working to provide an enhanced wireless
experience wherever our customers may be; in the parks, on the streets,
in the high rises or in the subways," said Bill Hogg, senior vice
president - Network Planning and Engineering, AT&T Services Inc.
"T-Mobile customers can now communicate wirelessly while on New York
subway platforms - that's a huge benefit to customers in terms of
productivity, ease-of-use and safety, and our customers are making good
use of this extension of our above-ground service," said Tom Ellefson,
regional vice president, Engineering and Operations at T-Mobile.
"We are proud to support the Transit Wireless project. It delivers to
Sprint customers a great connected experience on the busiest rapid rail
transport system in the country," said Karen Paletta, regional vice
president of Sprint. "New York City is one of the greatest cities in the
world and the Transit Wireless project - which brings wireless voice and
data services to all 277 of New York City's underground subway platforms
- will only help sustain New York's greatness."
To quickly find stations that have wireless service on-the-go, please
visit Transit Wireless' mobile-friendly website at www.NYCSubwayWireless.com.
Follow Transit Wireless on Twitter @TransitWireless
and on Facebook at facebook.com/TransitWireless.
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