ENP Newswire - 26 September 2013
Release date- 25092013 - Montreal- The Societe de transport de Montreal (STM) is bringing Bell, Rogers, TELUS and Videotron together to deploy a leading-edge mobile network in the Montreal metro.
The cost of deployment, an estimated $50 million, will be shared equally by the four telecommunications providers.
While travelling on the metro, Montreal public transit clients will be able to browse the Web, watch videos, download music, make and receive calls, and more. In fact, 3G, 4G and 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) technologies will be deployed throughout the metro network, and coverage will be available in cars, tunnels and stations. This will make Montreal one of the few cities in the world to have a 4G LTE mobile underground network in its metro.
Bell, Rogers, TELUS and Videotron are cooperating to put their significant technological expertise to work for the STM and its clients. Construction of the network will be divided into five phases and will take five to seven years to complete. The project design phase is underway and installation is expected to begin by the end of 2013 at two stations on the metro's green line, Saint-Laurent and Place-des-Arts.
'Against a backdrop of increasing ridership and continuous improvement in customer service, we welcome Bell, Rogers, TELUS and Videotron to the Montreal metro,' STM board Chair Michel Labrecque announced. '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.'
'As a Montreal-based company since our founding in 1880, Bell is very pleased to be part of this collaborative agreement with the STM to deploy a world-class mobile communications network serving Montreal's metro system,' said Michel Dagenais, Vice-President, Wireless Access Network for Bell. 'Part of our promise to deliver the best broadband mobile services to customers across Canada, Bell is committed to the consortium's plan to provide metro users with access to the leading network technologies available worldwide.'