Montreal Tests Wireless Service for Underground Subway, Prepares to Go Live

by Knowlton Thomas

The Société de transport de Montréal revealed last September that it leveraged Bell, Rogers, Telus and Vidéotron to bring 3G, 4G, and LTE service to Montreal's underground metro system.

At a cost of roughly $50 million, the entire metro network will be wired. Full deployment will take up to seven years, but two stations—Place des Arts and St Laurent—are being tested on right now.

"We will finally be in a position to enable our approximately 900,000 daily customers to use their wireless devices while travelling through the metro system," STM board Chair Michel Labrecque said last year. "This initiative will also enable us to meet one of the objectives of the Strategic Plan 2020, specifically to enhance the user experience by making it friendlier and more pleasant while continuing to improve the delivery of real-time information to our customers."

The wifi will be deployed "as soon as the tests are successful," according to Société de transport de Montreal spokesperson Amélie Regis in Le Journal de Montreal. Up to 12 additional stations, or 14 in total, could be equipped with wifi by the end of the year.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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