Wireless Service Begins at 30 New Underground Subway Stations in Mid-town New York

  Wireless Service Begins at 30 New Underground Subway Stations in Mid-town
  New York

   Wireless Voice and Data Service Now Available for AT&T and T-Mobile USA
Customers; Boingo Wireless Continues to Operate Ad-Supported Wi-Fi; Sprint and
    Verizon Wireless in Talks to Provide Wireless Service Later This Year

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- April 25, 2013

Transit Wireless and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today
announced a significant milestone in the multi-year project to build a state
of the art wireless network in the New York City subway system. Thirty new
subway stations in mid-town Manhattan, including Times Square, Rockefeller
Center, Lincoln Center and Columbus Circle are now online, in addition to the
initial six in Chelsea, which went online in September 2011.

MTA officials were joined by executives from Transit Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile
USA and Boingo Wireless to demonstrate the service at the Times Square

In addition, representatives from Sprint and Verizon Wireless were also on
hand to announce that both carriers are finalizing agreements to participate
in the network, meaning that all four major carriers are expected to provide
cell phone and data connectivity to their customers in New York’s underground
subway stations.

“For the past three years, the MTA has been on a clearly defined mission to
bring our mass transit system into the 21st century with upgrades to the
station environment through several ambitious new-technology communications
projects like this one, aimed at improving the travel experiences of our
customers while offering another level of security,” said MTA Interim
Executive Director Thomas F. Prendergast.

“The New York City subway system is the most heavily trafficked system in the
world and now riders have wireless service. We have been working closely with
AT&T, T-Mobile USA and Boingo to bring wireless technology into one of the
oldest and historic public transportation systems in the world and we’re
thrilled to begin that work with Sprint and Verizon,” said William A. Bayne
Jr., CEO of Transit Wireless, “This network benefits not only riders, but city
workers and first responders, and it will be the backbone for future
technology and safety improvements to the city’s subway stations.”

Public Safety Benefits

While the network allows users to make and receive cell phone calls, send text
messages, stream music, play online mobile games and more, all from
underground subway station, it also enables important services that improve
security such as E911 that allow dispatchers to know when a call is being
placed from an underground platform and the forthcoming Help Point Intercom
system, which will help riders get basic travel information or get help in an
emergency with the push of a button, right on the platform.

“This goes beyond providing cell service underground, it brings our customers
a new level of security – with the ability to dial 911 in an emergency,” said
Acting MTA Chairman Fernando Ferrer. “Customers now know that when they see
something, they can now say something using their device to call 911.”

Leading Wireless Providers Continue Partnership

Under agreements with the MTA and Transit Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile USA
customers can now use their cell phones to make and receive calls as well as
use wireless data in more underground subway stations. Service should be
available for Sprint and Verizon customers later this year.

“Bringing wireless to these busy subway platforms helps AT&T deliver on its
commitment to provide our customers with the fastest and most reliable
wireless service in New York City, including 4G LTE, whether above or below
ground, at home, at work or in between,” said Tom DeVito, AT&T’s vice
president and general manager for New York and New Jersey. “This initiative
will also help spur transit innovation, which is one of the reasons AT&T is
working with the MTA and NYU Poly on the AppQuest Challenge to develop the
next generation of transit apps to improve the experience of every commuter.”

“Through this project, T-Mobile is extending our blazing fast nationwide 4G
network coverage into the New York City subway, where New Yorkers often spend
a significant part of the day,” said Tom Ellefson, regional vice president,
Engineering and Operations at T-Mobile USA. “Our customers have really
embraced the unlimited 4G experience T-Mobile offers, and now they can keep
browsing, streaming and sharing when they go underground. We expect to launch
4G LTE in New York this summer, and this project has paved the way for it to
extend into the subway as well.”

“Boingo has kept commuters connected since our managed and operated services
launched in 2011. We look forward to expanding our network and introducing
leading brands to consumers at stations across the city,” said Zack Sterngold,
vice president of business development at Boingo Wireless. “Boingo’s
advertising and sponsorship platform allows commuters to connect to subway
Wi-Fi free-of-charge, and enables advertisers to reach the on-the-go,
connected New Yorkers with location-based messages.”

Subway riders can currently access the sponsored Wi-Fi network provided by
Boingo for free by choosing the SSID: FreeWifibyHTCONE.

“In the city that never sleeps, New Yorkers love to use their mobile devices
24/7 to stay connected to friends, loved ones and business associates. So, we
are thrilled to include the subway in the buildout of our new network and
deliver the robust benefits of 3G and 4G LTE to commuters, public safety
representatives and first responders,” said Greg O’Connor, vice president of
engineering at Sprint.

“Verizon Wireless is always exploring opportunities to provide our customers
with the world-class experience of the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and
most reliable 3G network, no matter where they are – above ground or below. In
addition to the more than $3 billion that we’ve already invested in the
Verizon Wireless network regionally, we’re working with Transit Wireless to
finalize an agreement to bring Verizon Wireless service to 76 stations as we
support the current and next phase of this project,” said Patrick Devlin,
regional president for Verizon Wireless.

The list of stations now connected is as follows (* first six were part of the
initial build):

*1  23 Street – 8 Ave.                   CE
*2  14 Street – 8 Ave.                   ACE
*3  14 Street – 7 Ave.                   123
*4  14 Street – 6 Ave.                   FM
*5  14 Street – 8 Ave.                   L
*6  14 Street – 6 Ave.                   L
7   96 Street                            BC
8   86 Street                            BC
9   28 Street                            1
10  18 Street                            1
11  81 Street-Museum of Natural History  BC
12  72 Street                            BC
13  79 Street                            1
14  23 Street                            1
15  96 Street                            123
16  66 Street-Lincoln Center             1
17  72 Street                            123
18  57 Street                            F
19  47-50 Streets-Rockefeller Center     BDFM
20  57 Street-7 Ave.                     NQR
21  28 Street                            NR
22  50 Street                            1
23  50 Street                            CE
24  23 Street                            NR
25  49 Street                            NR
26  5 Ave.-53 Street                     EM
27  59 Street-Columbus Circle            1
28  59 St-Columbus Circle                ABCD
29  7 Ave.                               BDE
30  Times Square-42 Street               123
31  Times Square-42 Street               NQR
32  Times Square-42 Street               7
33  Times Square-42 Street               ACE
34  Times Square-42 Street               S
35  5 Ave.-59 Street                     NR
36  86 Street                            1

To quickly find stations that have wireless service, Transit Wireless today
released a mobile-friendly website, available now at

Transit Wireless plans to outfit the remaining 241 underground stations within
four years and has already begun work on the next 40 stations, which include
Grand Central Station, 34^th St. Herald Square and Bryant Park in mid-town
Manhattan and stations throughout the Borough of Queens.


MTA Press Office, 212-878-7440
for Transit Wireless
Jared Leavitt, 917-522-3505
for AT&T
Kerri Lyon, 917-348-2191
for T-Mobile USA
Alexandra Schwerin, 206-272-0442
for Boingo Wireless
Katie O’Neill, 310-689-1163
for Sprint
Walter Fowler, 646-448-8180
for Verizon
Esmeralda Diaz Cameron, 973-387-5148
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