Verizon Joins Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile in Offering Subway Service
Verizon customers can expect 3G and 4G voice and data service in 36 MTA subway stations later this year.Verizon Wireless customers can soon expect to see some service bars on their mobile phones when they're in 36 of the more heavily trafficked subway stations. Verizon announced Aug. 20 that it has finalized an agreement with Transit Wireless—the organization that operates the wireless network in the New York subway system—which means Verizon customers will have access to 3G and 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) voice and data services "later this year." "We have now secured partnerships with all four major wireless carriers to bring the vast majority of New Yorkers, visitors, government agency personnel, transit employees, contractors and first responders the ability to be connected in the stations we've constructed—a real milestone." Over the next few weeks, Verizon plans to install its "Base Station Hotel facilities" in the 36 stations already offering wireless service via AT&T and T-Mobile and Sprint.
Sprint finalized its contract with Transit Wireless July 24, while AT&T and T-Mobile announced their deals April 25, alongside Boingo Wireless, which is offering WiFi service.
"above ground or below." Verizon also plans to participate in Phase 2 of the Transit Wireless project, which will bring online an additional 40 stations, including Grand Central Station, 34th St. Herald Square, Bryant Park and stations on Manhattan's east side and in the borough of Queens. "The ability to make and receive phone calls underground is an important improvement for safety and security as well as convenience, and our customers will certainly appreciate it," said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast.