Cellular Connectivity to Be Implemented in the Montreal Metro
Ask yourself. How many metro/subway systems can you name in North America that have full mobile connectivity under ground?
Recently, the Montreal Transportation Commission (aka STM or Societé de Transport de Montréal) unveiled plans to implement cellphone connectivity in the city’s metro system. Cellular providers Rogers, Bell, Videotron and Telus have agreed to a $50 million (CDN) deal to connect Montrealers even inside the tunnels of the metro system.
This plan has been in the works for years already, and for a while it was already possible to receive connectivity on your iPhone inside the stations. “We wanted to get with the beat of the next generation,” said Michel Labrecque, the president of the STM’s Board of Directors, as this will enable connectivity all throughout the network, no matter how far underground, in both stations and tunnels.
Getting with the next generation of course will take five to seven years to bring online, but if all goes according to plan, the Montreal Metro will be more connected than some of Asia’s top underground mobile networks. A true innovation, worth following!