Transit Wireless, a BAI Communications company, and leading 5G wireless infrastructure provider, announced today that T-Mobile customers can now access cellular voice and data services in New York City’s Canarsie Tunnel, which connects Manhattan and Brooklyn on the L train service line.
This latest activation represents a pivotal connectivity milestone for L train riders crossing boroughs through the Canarsie Tunnel. They can now connect to wireless and data services from each of the nation’s top wireless carriers along the subway line.
“Seamless connectivity offers riders a more enjoyable and productive transit experience as well as an added sense of safety and security,” says Transit Wireless CEO Melinda White. “People can stay in contact, keep messaging and enjoy a fast connection within the tunnel.”
The enhanced connectivity in the L train tunnel further improves real-time customer communications.
T-Mobile deployed its ultra-capacity 2.5 GHz spectrum in New York City in May 2020, making it the first city to offer the Un-carrier’s layer cake of spectrum – a full combination of low-, mid-, and high-band 5G coverage.
“New Yorkers expect seamless mobile coverage and T-Mobile continues to provide an amazing network experience and value no matter where our customers are located,” says Tom Ellefson, T-Mobile Senior Vice President of Network Engineering & Operations, Northeast Region. “We are delivering an unrivaled 5G network with most of our network usage on 5G devices. Practically anywhere – above ground or below ground – our network team will continue to deploy a world-class network experience as our 5G rollout continues to lead the competition.”
The Canarsie Tunnel – also known as the 14th Street Tunnel – extends more than a mile and a half from First Avenue in Manhattan’s East Village and crosses underneath the East River to Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. Completed in September 2020, it is the first under-river tunnel in the New York City subway system fully outfitted for cellular voice and data connectivity.
T-Mobile’s existing collaboration with Transit Wireless also enables cellular access in over 250 of New York City’s underground subway stations. In addition to designing and building the vast underground fiber-optic broadband network for carrier services, Transit Wireless continues to operate free public Wi-Fi, TransitWirelessWiFi, throughout the subway system.
“Maintaining a complex infrastructure within the City is no small endeavor. We’re very proud to have the Canarsie Tunnel as part of our extensive subway network. It’s a huge step for all of us as we lay the groundwork for a smarter, more connected city,” says White.