Cell service going underground


The Toronto Transit Commission is planning to bring cell phone service to all subway platforms within the next four years. TTC finalized the decision in a meeting on Nov. 22.

“There is no cost to the TTC or customers,” said Brad Ross, executive director of corporate communications for the TTC. “As a matter of fact, Broadcast Australia will be paying us $25-million over the span of the 20-year contract.”

“The decision was based solely on the money received by the TTC from Broadcast Australia for the rights to provide cell service,” Ross said.

The next step in the cell phone service project is for Broadcast Australia “to secure agreements with cellular carriers in Toronto that will offer service in subways,” he said.


Once the carriers are on board with Broadcast Australia, test systems will be wired into two stations as a trial run to see if there are any…

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