Toronto subway cell service to be available mid-2012?

For those who take the subway in Toronto might be in luck as the TTC has started a bidding process to set up an underground cell network. It was actually started a couple years back but was pushed to the side for other priority projects.

So far the list of potential winners are Bell Mobility, Extenet Systems (working with Telus) and Broadcast Australia (working with Rogers). The winner will be responsible for providing service at all 69 subway platforms, pay for all costs such as installation and maintenance. There is no word on how much this will cost and the winner will also provide cell service to all regardless of carrier.

TTC chair Adam Giambrone said “This is what the future is. It’s about people using their mobile devices to listen to music, watch their programs, conduct communications. If you want to be part of people’s lives as their commuting choice, you have to make it as easy for them as possible.”

The TTC said they plan to make a decision of who the winner is by the end of 2010… possibly have service running in some stations by mid-2012.

Via: National Post