SOLiD Enables Wireless Connectivity in New York City Subway’s Bronx and Upper Manhattan Stations

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37 Underground Stations Added in Phase 4 Buildout

The NYC Subway has the world’s largest number of stations

SOLiD, a wireless infrastructure company, joined Transit Wireless today in announcing the continued expansion of wireless coverage in the New York City Subway, adding 20 stations in the Bronx and 17 Upper Manhattan stations.

Transit Wireless, the company that installed and operates the wireless infrastructure throughout the system, chose SOLiD’s robust distributed antenna systems (DAS) to enable cellular coverage and capacity on the platforms in its Phase 4 expansion. Prior to Phase 4, SOLiD’s equipment has been used in 100 stations in the New York subway.

Transit Wireless estimates that 70 million monthly riders will take advantage of wireless service as they travel in the underground subway stations located in Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx. It’s not unusual for hundreds of riders to use the wireless network simultaneously on a subway platform. With SOLiD’s DAS equipment, riders stay connected through high peaks of demand as people enter and leave the station.

“Transit Wireless has partnered with SOLiD throughout the course of this project and we look forward to continuing a positive and innovative relationship as we grow and expand our business,” said William A. Bayne, CEO of Transit Wireless. “The ability to have flexibility in design and quick turnaround on specific products is critical to our ever evolving technology needs.”

SOLiD’s DAS solutions are rugged enough to handle the harsh conditions of the New York subway system. Mounted on platform ceilings, the SOLiD DAS remote units withstand heavy vibrations and brake dust from trains, widely varying temperatures, and moisture from power washing on the platforms.

Because SOLiD solutions are modular in design and use fiber cable efficiently, they can be quickly and cost-effectively scaled to support additional wireless operators and new frequencies as they are added to the system. The nation’s largest mobile carriers, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless, have partnered with the MTA and Transit Wireless to deliver service in the subway.

Consumer wireless service is essential to public safety. With this expansion, New York MTA riders can call 9-1-1 on their mobile phones from stations in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan.

Phase 4 of the cellular and Wi-Fi network build-out covers 37 underground MTA stations in the Bronx and Manhattan, including major hubs such as 53rd Street/Lexington Avenue (6,E,M), 59th/Lexington Avenue (4,5,6,N,Q,R), 149th S. Grand Concourse (2,4,5), and 125th Street (4,5,6). The wireless connectivity of 149th S. Grand Concourse serves fans of The Bronx Bombers as they travel to and from Yankee Stadium.

In addition to the New York City subway system, which has the world’s largest number of stations, SOLiD’s DAS equipment has also been installed to provide platform and tunnel connectivity in the Seoul metropolitan system, which has the longest subway track in the world, and in the Boston MBTA, the nation’s oldest subway.

About SOLiD
SOLiD (http://www.solid.com) helps keep people stay connected and safe in a rapidly-changing world through a portfolio of RF Amplifier, RF Radio and Optical Transport solutions. SOLiD enables indoor and outdoor cellular and public-safety communications at some of the world’s best-known and most challenging venues including leading hospitals; professional, and college sports venues; government, university and Fortune 500 corporate buildings and campuses; international airports and metropolitan subways; and other high-profile sites. For further information on SOLiD DAS, Backhaul and Fronthaul solutions, go to http://www.solid.com or call 888-409-9997.

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