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TTC, BAI Canada and WIND Mobile introduce
"cellular connectivity" to the subway

The TTC and BAI Canada have signed on the TTC’s first cellular carrier, WIND Mobile, “introducing cellular connectivity to Torontonians at underground subway stations”.

Starting today, Wednesday, June 17, WIND customers are the first to have access to cellular service on TTC platforms throughout all areas of St. George, Bay and Bloor - Yonge stations. More connectivity on the downtown “U” (meaning: all stations along the 1 Yonge - University line south of Bloor Street) and Spadina stations going live by the Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

According to a TTC / BAI news release, “This announcement marks a significant milestone in TTC’s modernization plans and the larger wireless installation project that is bringing both cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity to customers on the TTC subway system. With this new agreement, TTC customers with WIND service will have access to unlimited talk, text, and data services when they are in wireless-enabled TTC subway stations.”

BAI Canada has built a shared Wi-Fi and cellular infrastructure for the TTC that allows any wireless carrier to sign on and provide underground cellular service to their customers. As the first carrier to sign on to the network, WIND Mobile is presently the exclusive provider of cellular services at underground TTC subway stations.

Introducing cellular service at TTC stations builds on the success of TCONNECT, BAI Canada’s ad-supported Wi-Fi service, which it first launched to TTC passengers in late 2013. The network is now live at 18 subway station platforms around the downtown “U”, and Bloor-Yonge, Bay, St George and Spadina stations. The TTC and BAI say that “The TCONNECT network now grants more than one million one-hour sessions per month while TTC customers use more than 15 terabytes of data on the Wi-Fi network.”

After the Pan Am / Parapan Am Games, BAI Canada will expand service to Sherbourne and Bathurst stations, installing shared Wi-Fi and cellular infrastructure to allow for connectivity on the 2 Bloor - Danforth line.

BAI Canada owns and operates the wireless communications network of the TTC and functions as a single contact point for all Toronto licensed wireless service within the TTC. At the end of this project, BAI Canada will establish its cellular and Wi-Fi networks in 61 underground subway stations, 65 platforms, all mezzanines, walkways, passageways and stairs.

BAI Canada is a subsidiary of the Canadian-owned BAI Group, “a leader in wireless communications with global expertise to fund, design, build and operate open access, multi-functional underground transit wireless communications networks, broadcast communications, private radio networks and online communications”. BAI Group’s Transit Wireless is building and operating the wireless network in the New York subway. BAI has also been involved in deploying and maintaining communication networks for some of the most complex subway systems around the world, including Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation.

WIND Mobile says it’s “dedicated to improving the Canadian wireless experience by offering customers simple and transparent plans, including real unlimited data / voice / text with no-term contracts and no hidden fees. Committed to being Canada’s 4th largest carrier, WIND has more than 800,000 happy customers in Canada.”

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