Six Subway Stations to Get WiFi in Coming Months

Tuesday, Oct 5, 2010  |  Updated 9:07 AM EDT
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Six Subway Stations to Get WiFi in Coming Months

NBCNewYork

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Wireless access is coming to some New York City's subway stations by late 2011.

AT&T and T-Mobile USA signed 10-year agreements with Transit Wireless on Monday.

Transit Wireless is a wireless company charged with building a wireless network in the subway system.

The agreement on WiFi comes after a three year delay, and the company will pay the MTA $46 million over ten years to run the network.

Under the agreement, at least six subway stations will have wireless service by late 2011. Wiring the rest of the system will take up to five more years. The service will not extend to moving trains.

Other carriers will be able to join the network. Transit Wireless Chief Executive Chris Jaeger says the network is designed to carry many carriers.

The network is designed and planned to carry many carriers. Our aim is too have discussions with other carriers to see if they are interested parties in coming on to this network,” said Transit Wireless chief executive Chris Jaeger in an interview.

Jaeger declined to disclose how much AT&T and T-Mobile have agreed to pay for access to the network, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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