Yesterday, Friday, March 11, BAI Canada and the TTC brought free Wi-Fi service for TTC passengers to Dupont Station on the 1 Yonge - University subway line and Old Mill, High Park, Keele, Lansdowne, Ossington and Main Street stations on the 2 Bloor - Danforth line.
BAI Canada also confirmed its commitment to a fully rolling out a Wi-Fi and cellular network across the subway system by the end of 2017, with plans to bring 24 more stations online in 2016.
BAI Canada continues to work with WIND Mobile to extend cellular service into more stations. WIND Mobile’s customers will soon have cellular service across five more stations - Bathurst, Christie, Dupont, Sherbourne and Castle Frank. Since July 2015, WIND Mobile’s customers have had cellular service available in the downtown lower loop, and this brings more connectivity to the Bloor-Danforth line. BAI Canada’s cellular infrastructure is built and ready to support all wireless carriers in Toronto.
Each station hosts the TCONNECT Wi-Fi service to connect transit riders and let the TTC use business and transit applications, such as digital signage, for its passenger information services.
The partners launched the service at Bloor-Yonge and St. George stations in December 2013, expanded it to Bay Station in August, 2014, to Wellesley Station in September, 2014 and to College Station, also in September, 2014. They added Dundas, Queen, King and Union stations to the network in November, 2014. They connected Queen’s Park and Museum stations, Spadina, Castle Frank, Sherbourne, Bathurst and Christie stations in 2015. (And, they also seem to have quietly added St. Andrew and Osgoode stations to the list, too.)
TCONNECT is ad-supported, meaning advertisers sponsor the Wi-Fi service with short ads. The service comes at no cost — no cost for passengers to sign onto the network and no cost to the TTC, passengers or Toronto taxpayers for installing the infrastructure. (In fact, it generates revenue for the TTC.)*
TCONNECT Wi-Fi service is currently available at these stations:
- St Andrew;
- St Patrick;
- Queen’s Park;
- St George; and
- Old Mill;
- High Park;
- Castle Frank; and
- Main Street.
BAI Canada is a subsidiary of the Canadian-owned BAI Group, “a leader in wireless communications with global expertise to fund, design, build and operate open access, multi-functional underground transit wireless communications networks, broadcast communications, private radio networks and online communications”. BAI Group’s Transit Wireless is building and operating the wireless network in the New York subway. BAI has also been involved in deploying and maintaining communication networks for some of the most complex subway systems around the world, including Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation.
WIND Mobile says it’s “dedicated to improving the Canadian wireless experience by offering customers simple and transparent plans, including real unlimited data / voice / text with no-term contracts and no hidden fees. Committed to being Canada’s 4th largest carrier, WIND has more than 800,000 happy customers in Canada.”