New Yorkers will have to come up with a new excuse for not answering their cellphones, because WiFi and mobile service is coming to New York subways—or at least to the platforms, mezzanines, and sections of the tunnels, Bloomberg reports. The contract to wire the subways was awarded to Transit Wireless in 2007, but they ran out of funding during the recession. It’s now been reanimated by Broadcast Australia, the mobile-infrastructure operator whose subsidiary oversaw the wireless retrofitting of Hong Kong’s subway system. Berlin and Tokyo also have wireless services in their subway systems. Transit Wireless will start installing antennas in six stations within the next two months, and according to their contract, they have four years to complete the remaining 271 stations.
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