Montréal’s metro system is about to get more connected. In a press release by Bell, the Société de transport de Montréal announced Bell, Rogers, TELUS and Videotron will work together to bring a leading-edge mobile network to the Montréal metro system.
This means when customers travel on the Metro system, customers will be able to have internet access to browse the web, make and receive phone calls, watch videos, browse social media, and much more. They will also bring 3G, 4G, 4G LTE technology throughout the system, allowing you to have coverage in tunnels, station and cars. In fact, this will make Montréal one of the very few cities in the world that will enable customers to have access to a 4G LTE mobile underground.
“Against a backdrop of increasing ridership and continuous improvement in customer service, we welcome Bell, Rogers, TELUS and Videotron to the Montréal metro,” announced STM board Chair Michel Labrecque. “By uniting them around this promising and engaging project, 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. 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. We intend to keep monitoring new trends in technology to keep offering the best service possible.”
So how long will you have to wait for this? Construction of the system will be divided into 5 phases, and will take about 5 to 7 years to complete. Installation is expected to begin at the end of 2013, starting with the green line, Saint-Laurent, and Place-des-Arts.