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The metro system will be fully wired/wireless for phone sometime in 2016. It’s not going to be wi-fi though.
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It seems a bit absurd it will take 3-and-a-bit years…
Um, can’t they use the very same network for WiFi?
Making mobile work in the Metro is relatively easy. It involves installing repeaters and transmitters and connecting them into the existing infrastructure of any mobile carrier that wants to use it. ie: Rogers/Telus/Bell/Videotron and (hopefully) Public mobile.
On the other hand wifi is much more complicated, as it involves setting up and managing an entire network, one they would be primarily responsible for.
If the STM worked with an existing municipal wifi project of some kind it would be easier, but I can understand them not seeing the need to do so.
I think its fine, who would even use wifi in a subway anyways? its not exactly the best place to sit down and work. On the other hand mobile data is more prevalent and more useful in a transient environment like a subway commute.
I would imagine the reason it will take so long is that the work would only be done along with other scheduled maintenance activity. I’m sure they could get it done in a few months if it was a high priority.
Initially thought 2016 was absurdly long, but then it dawned on me that we are almost at 2013!
Also, for a phone company, it’s a good idea to avoid offering wi-fi, because it means you’re pushing more people to buy your overpriced data packages rather than freeloading on the -fi.
Consider also that people with access to the wifi might just linger inside stations and metro cars to roam the internet. If you want good cell phone reception, you can trust being anywhere outside or most above-ground buildings, no need to stay in a hot and stuffy station for service. For wifi, though, people who don’t feel like ordering fries at McDonalds would just sit in stations for hours on end. Also, giving people wifi just gives them ability to abuse it.
Well, as Faiz Imam says, nobody’s going to sit in a metro station for hours surfing. Even if you wanted to, there’s nowhere to recharge.
i don’t know, when it was cold out and the 144 was a long wait, i used to sit at the far south east corner of sherbrooke metro station to use the hotel’s open wireless signal (bless that place), and i’d sometimes end up spending an hour there downloading music or planning the night or grabbing a quick film or whatever. i could see loads of people just sitting on benches, surfing around, especially in winter.
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