Broadband Communities

MAY-JUN 2018

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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WIRELESS DEPLOYMENT | B R O A D B A N D C O M M U N I T I E S | w w w. b r o a d b a n d c o m m u n i t i e s . c o m | M AY / J U N E 2 0 1 8 Connecting Underground In a City That Never Sleeps Thanks to an innovative public-private partnership, New York City subway passengers finally have cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity in the stations. By Jim Hintze / Transit Wireless I f you've ever texted, chatted on the phone or connected to Wi-Fi while you waited for a train in the New York City subway, you've used Transit Wireless's network. anks to Transit Wireless, the days of unceremoniously losing your connection while descending underground are over. In 2005, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) had a vision of introducing connectivity in the underground subway stations for its 5.7 million daily riders, and Transit Wireless was the company selected to create this broadband wireless network as part of a public-private partnership. e company, which holds a 27- year contract with the MTA, designed, built and maintains a neutral-host cellular system and a public Wi-Fi network in all underground New York City subway stations. ough the underground station project is now complete, Transit Wireless's role in the subway system continues to evolve. SEAMLESS CONNECTIVITY FOR STRAPHANGERS In 2011, Transit Wireless completed a proof- of-concept build and activated cellular and wireless connectivity in six subway stations in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. e installation included designing and building an indoor and outdoor, neutral host, multiband distributed antenna system. is demonstrated the company's capabilities to deploy broadband wireless in underground subway stations in New York City. e network infrastructure features more than 160 miles of carrier-grade, 864-count fiber optics, which connect to Transit Wireless's five base station hotels that house cellular carrier equipment. e fiber optic network covers communications needs, such as carrier-grade, high-speed Ethernet; internet connectivity; critical fiber applications and data co-location. It provides wave-division multiplexing transport for applications that demand high bandwidth as well as dark fiber services for optimal capacity, control and security. e fiber optic network also delivers a private, dedicated omnibus LAN (a LAN that can be used for multiple applications) within the subway system and enables New York City Train Control to control and manage its own network as needed. Following the initial opening of the six stations in 2011, installation continued throughout the city until January 2017, when Transit Wireless successfully completed the deployment of the entire network. is accomplishment resulted in full cellular capabilities with the four major carriers – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless – as well as Wi-Fi connectivity in 282 of the MTA's underground stations, two years ahead of schedule. Designing and building the wireless infrastructure in subway stations more than a century old was no easy task. With harsh

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