Toronto Mayor John Tory, the Toronto Transit Commission and Wind Mobile announced this morning that starting today, Wind customers will be able to use their cellphones underground.

Currently, WiFi is available on many of Toronto’s subway platforms, but cellular service has remained elusive.

BAI Canada, which won the $25 million bid to roll out WiFi and cellular service in the subway, worked with Wind add service at three major transit hubs in the TTC system. The remainder of the stations in the downtown core will have cellular service by the start of the Pan Am Games on July 10 th , 2015.

TTC chair Josh Colle told reporters that the next phase of the plan will involve building infrastructure that will allow cellphone use on the train in the tunnels, instead of just at the stations.

Ken Ranger, CEO of BAI Canada, said in a statement that it is “proud to work with Wind Mobile to offer cellular service at TTC subway stations, and we look forward to bringing more stations live with wireless connectivity. Today’s announcement highlights our momentum – since late 2013, we’ve installed wireless infrastructure and launched TCONNECT Wi-Fi at each of the TTC’s downtown subway stations, with the target of having wireless at every subway station in 2017.”

Mayor Tory indicated that the current infrastructure allows for other carriers, like Rogers, Telus and Bell, to provide underground service as well, but currently, Wind is the only carrier that has signed up to do so.

Cellular service for Wind customers will be available at Yonge-Bloor, St. George and Bay subway stations starting today.


[Source: CP24 / Mobile Syrup ]