AT&T customers are in for an underground treat with the company’s latest announcement for users in New York City.
AT&T recently announced that they are expanding their contract with the Transit Wireless. The contract expansion will give 242 extra subway stations the ability to provide AT&T customers with their mobile and data services.
Presently, AT&T services are available in 36 stations that are scattered throughout Midtown and Chelsea in Manhattan all completed as Phase 1 of this project. Phase 2 will bring 40 stations scattered throughout Midtown Manhattan and the borough of Queens the latest 3G and 4G LTE data speeds provided through the AT&T services. The second portion of this massive project is expected to be completed at the end of summer 2014.
“Bringing wireless service into the New York City subway has been a big step forward for our customers, and we’re pleased that even more of them will be able to take advantage of it,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast in a statement. “The ability to make and receive phone calls underground is an important improvement for safety and security as well as convenience, and our customers will certainly appreciate it.”
These new services will allow many subway patrons the ability to dial 911 in case of an emergency. Thereby, giving greater response times to locations that were otherwise incapable of using emergency services.
In a statement, Transit Wireless CEO William Bayne Jr. says, "By extending their commitment throughout the full build of this project, AT&T is helping ensure dependable, high-speed wireless coverage in the subway system for all their customers in New York and future innovations that improve the rider experience for years to come.”
New York City is definitely still playing catch-up in comparison to other major cities around the world. Due to the aging infrastructure that the city possesses innovations such as underground wireless networks for subways haven’t been able to be achieved to it’s full capacity. Looks like AT&T is making a stride forward in the right direction, that New York commuters will massively benefit from.