Telcos Join Forces to Give Montreal Subway Passengers Wireless Access

by Istvan Fekete on September 26, 2013

Montréal subway riders will soon stay connected to the Internet thanks to a pact between four wireless companies and the city’s transportation agency. The result: telcos will build an underground wireless system.

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM), Rogers, Bell, Telus, and Videotron have partnered up to finally bring wireless network coverage underground to the Montréal metro subway as part of a pilot project currently underway involving five stations: Berri-UQAM, Saint-Laurent, Place-des-Arts, McGill, and Peel.

According to the press release issued by the parties, the cost of building a 3G, 4G, and 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network will be roughly $50 million, and it will be divided into five phases that should be completed in five to seven years. The installation work for connecting stations to the wireless network will begin by the end of the year with two stations of the green line, Saint-Laurent and Place des Arts.

“Against a backdrop of increasing ridership and continuous improvement in customer service, we welcome Bell, Rogers, TELUS and Videotron to the Montréal metro,” STM board Chair Michel Labrecque announced. “By uniting them around this promising and engaging project, we will finally be in a position to enable our approximately 900,000 daily customers to use their wireless devices while travelling through the metro system. This initiative will also enable us to meet one of the objectives of the Strategic Plan 2020, specifically to enhance the user experience by making it friendlier and more pleasant while continuing to improve the delivery of real-time information to our customers. We intend to keep monitoring new trends in technology to keep offering the best service possible.”

“As a Montréal-based company since our founding in 1880, Bell is very pleased to be part of this collaborative agreement with the STM to deploy a world-class mobile communications network serving Montréal’s metro system,” said Michel Dagenais, Vice-President, Wireless Access Network for Bell. “Part of our promise to deliver the best broadband mobile services to customers across Canada, Bell is committed to the consortium’s plan to provide metro users with access to the leading network technologies available worldwide.”

According to the latest available statistics, about 900,000 people use the Montréal subway each day. The Berri-UQAM, Saint-Laurent, Place-des-Arts, McGill, and Peel stations are used by 88% of subway passengers, making them among the busiest of the Montréal metro system.

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