IL: AT&T Boosts Wireless Coverage for Metra Trains

Jan. 21--AT&T said on Tuesday that it has boosted mobile Internet coverage along Metra commuter lines.

The carrier has added 4G LTE-capable small cell sites to all 11 of Metra's commuter routes. The new miniature cell sites are designed to enable smoother and speedier coverage while riding the train.

These sites, which are small enough to be built onto street lights and traffic lights, have been installed on utility poles parallel to the routes.

AT&T is not a Metra vendor. A Metra spokesman said the commuter rail service is currently in the process of finding a way to provide free Wi-Fi directly to its customers.

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