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All 227 NYC Subway Stations To Get Wireless Coverage, From Sprint

Jul 28, 2013 4:02 am

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The second-last bastion of analog life in New York City will go digital soon. Luckily, in the subway tunnels, it’s still tough to get signals for most part.

— Rafat Ali

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Subway riders at a stop in Soho. Nathan Congleton / Flickr


Sprint Corp. said it will offer mobile-phone coverage in all of New York City’s 277 subway stations, seeking to catch up to AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile US Inc.

The third-biggest U.S. wireless carrier will have service in 36 stations in the Midtown and Chelsea neighborhoods by early next year, according to a statement today. The company signed a deal with Transit Wireless LLC for the project, it said.

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AT&T and T-Mobile reached deals in 2010 to cover the subway stops. Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest mobile-phone company, is the only major U.S. carrier that has yet to announce it will do the same. The company said in April it was finalizing an agreement with Transit Wireless.

Closely held Transit Wireless won approval in 2010 to install antennas in the subway stations in a $200 million project.

Editors: Crayton Harrison, John Lear. To contact the reporter on this story: Crayton Harrison in New York at tharrison5@bloomberg.net. To contact the editor responsible for this story: Nick Turner at nturner7@bloomberg.net. 

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