A partnership between the Société de transport de Montreal (STM), Bell, Rogers, TELUS and Videotron will finally bring an underground wireless network to its subway system.
According to the press release, a build-out of the 3G, 4G and 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network will be “divided into five phases that should be completed within a period of five to seven years.” Planning is already underway and ‘installation work should begin by the end of the year with two stations of the green line, or Saint-Laurent and Place des Arts.’ Coverage in the Metro will be available in cars, tunnels and stations.
The total cost is estimated to be around $50 million, which will be split evenly between the four wireless carriers. Montreal will be one of the few cities in the world to have LTE connectivity underground and will enable the 900,000 daily riders to use their wireless devices to send and receive email, brownse the web, watch movies, listen to music and make and receive calls, etc. The plan is to bring wireless service to 68 subway stations in Montreal.