The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) has reached the halfway point in the project to make Mobile Phone service available across its underground network. With its partners TELUS (acting as the project integrator), Bell, Rogers and Vidéotron, the STM announced today that fully half of the métro network is now connected to the mobile network, with the blue line’s Acadie station coming online today. This brings the total number of connected stations to 34 out of 68, and the project is being rolled out on schedule.
Montréal’s métro passengers will now have complete mobile connectivity between the Côte-Vertu and Mont-Royal stations on the orange line, between Beaudry and Lionel-Groulx on the green line, between Snowdon and Acadie on the blue line, and on the entire yellow line.
Deployment efforts for the second half of 2017 will be concentrated on stations to the north of Mont-Royal and will complete the blue line up to Jean-Talon. Work will be done to connect the orange line stations north of Jean-Talon in 2018.
This makes Montréal one of the few cities in the world with an underground system plugged into an LTE mobile network, not only in the cars but also in the tunnels and stations. Passengers can use their devices to surf the web, view videos, stay connected with e-mails, and send and receive calls and text messages. Mobile connectivity in the métro will also allow people to plan their trips more effectively, as they will be able to check bus schedules and electronic information systems that the STM provides.
“The STM has made a clear commitment to improving the customer experience, and deploying the mobile network in the métro is a great example of that,” states Philippe Schnobb, Chairman of the STM. “It will make the ride so much more pleasant. I want to applaud the work and the cooperation of our partners, Bell, Rogers, TELUS and Vidéotron, who have led this project so skillfully and introduced the Montréal métro into the select club of plugged-in underground transportation networks.”
Objective 2020: complete connectivity
Started in 2014, the project is right on schedule, and by 2020, all of the métro’s 71 km and 68 stations should be covered. Deployment of the mobile network in the métro has been made possible by an investment of close to $50 million, jointly assumed by Bell, Rogers, TELUS and Vidéotron.