SAN FRANCISCO. 13 December 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), and MobilitieToday,, the largest wireless infrastructure provider in America, announced that wireless connectivity will be added to the Central Subway system, just in time for its grand launch in January 2023. The highly anticipated Central Subway will offer unlimited mobile coverage to all passengers. It will be available at stations, tunnels, rail cars and other locations as well as in the surrounding communities.
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“Offering reliable and ultra-fast mobile coverage for our passengers – whether they’re underground on the train or above at a station – is a top priority in ensuring passengers are safe and they have the travel experiences they expect and deserve,” said Lisa Walton, CTO of SFMTA. “Working with Mobilitie has allowed us to take this significant step in supporting San Francisco’s connectivity and digital infrastructure initiatives – including bridging the digital divide – which are critical to connecting communities and stimulating our city’s economy and future.”
SFMTA uses the latest technology to provide 5G wireless connectivity for riders. The Central Subway will become the first transit line to offer ultra-fast mobile coverage in the tunnels and at three additional stations along the 1.7-mile route: Yerba Buena/Moscone; Union Square/Market Street; and Chinatown/Rose Pak.
“We’re proud to partner with the SFMTA to deliver seamless 5G network coverage for Central Subway system riders,” said Christos Karmis, CEO of Mobilitie. “Our next-generation fiber network, which has more than 7,000 fiber fiber strands, loops through San Francisco, the Bay Area and provides the backbone necessary to improve 5G wireless connectivity and data center access. It also enables connected buildings with indoor coverage of 5G.
SFMTA, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and SFMTA teamed up with Mobilitie. BAI Communications Company to finance, build and operate the next-generation Distributed Antenna System. In the first half 2023, the network will be completed in all remaining tunnels and stations. Once finished, SFMTA’s network will give riders 5G connectivity in 11 miles of the existing tunnels and 11 of underground stations– without any planned service disruptions. In 2023, all major wireless carriers will join the network.
SFMTA’s network and initiative supports BART’s key initiatives in delivering 5G connectivity to riders and surrounding communities, including its new digital railway project.
For more information about SFMTA’s Central Subway Project, visit sfmta.com/CentralSubway.
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