Montreal Subway Testing Underground Wireless Service: 14 Stations Scheduled for 2014

by Istvan Fekete on April 16, 2014

The Société de transport de Montreal (STM), Bell, Rogers, Telus, and Videotron announced last year that they had joined forces to bring a cellular service to the subway system, both 3G and 4G LTE. The initiative was announced last September, and as it turns out, the carriers have been busy deploying the (most advanced wireless) network that was estimated to cost about $50 million.

The project includes a cellular service both in stations and tunnels within seven years. To cite Francois Gratton of Telus, who is co-ordinating the project, the carriers have set the benchmark high: they are aiming to bring underground the same high-quality experience users are accustomed to above ground.

Fast forward six months, and according to the Journal de Montreal, the progress is well advanced, and the STM has tightened deadlines. There are a couple of important aspects, though;, for example, more than 900,000 people ride the STM on a daily basis, and the majority of them depend on their cellular coverage.

When deployed, Montreal commuters will be able to talk, text, email, surf the Web, and stream movies on their mobile phone just as they do above ground.

According to the report, the system is currently under testing, and the most advanced stages are in two stations, Place-des-Arts and St. Lawrence.

“We have installed coaxial cables in the two test stations and the tunnel connecting them. We are now finalizing the details”, explained Jacinthe Beaulieu, a Telus spokesperson, who is responsible for the execution of the works.

“We are also currently in the test phase for these two stations,” added a spokesperson of the Société de transport de Montreal (STM), Amélie Regis. Although it is impossible to give an accurate date for when the systems will be functioning in these stations, it will be “as soon as the tests have been successfully completed”, says Ms. Regis.

As the report highlights, the carriers will continue to deploy the wireless network in additional stations. The target for 2014 is 12 more stations.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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