SOLiD Enables Wireless Connectivity in New York City Subway

Nov. 13, 2015

SOLiD joined Transit Wireless Nov. 12, 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 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.”

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.