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Why you still can't use your cell on the TTC subway

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Why you still can't use your cell on the TTC subway

Cell service is expanding on the TTC. Here's why you may not be able to use it
CBC May 11

Cellular service is coming to a big stretch of the subway system, but if you're a customer of the big telecom providers you won't be able to use it because they would rather install their own infrastructure underground.

Ken Ranger, CEO of BAI Communications Canada, says for the past two years the company has been installing antennas along subway tunnels and a big expansion is planned this month as the system in the lower "U" portion of the line south of Bloor goes live.

But so far, only one service provider has signed on to the BAI network.

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The TTC is run by the union. It wants the system to be stuck in a time warp. The system is still in the 1970s.
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Has anyone noticed in the last month or so that all TTC buses have wifi, its not working yet but seems promising.
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pjw918 wrote:
May 11th, 2019 8:22 pm
Cell service is expanding on the TTC. Here's why you may not be able to use it
CBC May 11

Cellular service is coming to a big stretch of the subway system, but if you're a customer of the big telecom providers you won't be able to use it because they would rather install their own infrastructure underground.

Ken Ranger, CEO of BAI Communications Canada, says for the past two years the company has been installing antennas along subway tunnels and a big expansion is planned this month as the system in the lower "U" portion of the line south of Bloor goes live.

But so far, only one service provider has signed on to the BAI network.

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Been able to use my Wind/Freedom Mobile plan in the subway stations for couple years now, when on train and going between stations I will drop a call though. Guess they only work in the stations themselves at this point.

https://www.freedommobile.ca/en-CA/netw ... t-coverage
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Canada is so bass-ackwards with regards to this stuff.

This should have been available on the big three over a decade ago.

It sounds a lot like bureaucratic red tape put into place by the TTC. I guess I'm not surprised.
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But so far, only one service provider has signed on to the BAI network.

"To date, unlike our New York office where we have Verizon-AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, here in Toronto only Freedom Mobile has taken us up on the offer," Ranger told CBC News in an interview.

Bell and Rogers have both told CBC Toronto they would prefer to install their own systems.
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All carriers have the option to take advantage of the existing infrastructure and we strongly encourage them to do so," [TTC spokesperson Stuart] Green said.
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