By Scott Santi, Regional Vice President, Network
The New York City subway is one of the world’s oldest public transit systems, one of the world’s highest-traffic metro systems, and it is the largest rapid transit system in the world.
Sprint is proud to be one of two carriers that have committed to deploy 4G LTE throughout the entire New York City subway system. This enormous project, set to be complete by 2017, will cover 279 underground stations serving six million riders per day across the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.
Our deployment includes the use of 1.9GHz and 800MHz spectrum in each station. And we’re deploying 2.5GHz in select high-traffic stations in Midtown and Queens for even faster data speeds at those stations.
According to Transit Wireless
, we now have more stations on-air than any other carrier. In the past three months alone we turned up 36 stations, bringing our current total station count as of Oct. 12 to 83. With an aggressive schedule and a talented team on the ground, we expect our momentum to even further increase over the coming months.
Transit Wireless CEO William Bayne Jr. shares that “We have a strong and positive relationship with Sprint and look forward to continuing our partnership.”
I’m particularly proud of our local team because this project has been a bit of a comeback story. Since Sprint joined the effort later than the other carriers, we were initially behind in terms of number of stations deployed. But, in just over six months our team not only caught up to Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, we significantly surpassed them.
We’ll keep working hard to bring service to millions of New Yorkers and visitors, enabling them to stay productive, connected, and entertained as they move throughout this great city.