Canada’s Major Telcos Building Mobile Network for Montreal Subway System

Montreal’s subway customers will have an advanced wireless network that supports the use of cell phones, laptops and tablets, thanks to Canada’s major telecommunication leaders.

The $50 million project to equip the Montreal subway system with wireless service will be completed in about seven years, with TELUS, Bell, Rogers and Quebecor’s Videtron footing the bill equally.

Montreal’s metro network will support 3G, 4G and LTE service and coverage will include subway cars, tunnels and stations, making it one of the few cities in the world to have access to advanced mobile communications underground. Furthermore, the project’s design phase is already underway with the installation phase set to start by the end of 2013 at two stations on the metro’s green line, Saint-Laurent and Place-des-Arts.

Riders of the Toronto Transit System don’t have that deal just yet but will still be able to text, watch video and download music at two subway stations by the end of 2013 with the implementation of short range WiFi service. Vancouver’s Lower Mainland’s Skytrain service provides limited wireless access right now but not throughout the system.

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