The Société de transport de Montréal revealed today that it has leveraged Bell, Rogers, Telus and Vidéotron to bring 3G, 4G, and LTE service to Montreal’s underground metro system.
At a cost of roughly $50 million, the entire metro network would be wired. Two stations, Place des Arts and St Laurent, could have wifi by the end of the year. However, the full deployment will take up to seven years.
“Against a backdrop of increasing ridership and continuous improvement in customer service, we welcome Bell, Rogers, Telus and Videotron to the Montréal metro,” STM board Chair Michel Labrecque stated.
“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,” he added. “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.”
“As a Montréal-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 Montréal’s metro system,” said Michel Dagenais, Vice-President, Wireless Access Network for Bell.
“This partnership, with the STM, is yet another example of our ongoing commitment to bring connected experiences to all of our customers, no matter where they choose to connect—at home or on the go,” said Sylvain Roy, President, Québec and Executive Vice President, Consumer Sales and Distribution, Rogers Communications Inc.
“This project with the STM demonstrates our long-standing involvement with Montréal and offers yet another example of Telus’ unwavering commitment to putting its customers first,” said François Gratton, President of Telus Québec and Atlantic provinces.
“Videotron is pleased to contribute to the technological development of the Montréal metro for the benefit of all users of the system,” said Manon Brouillette, President and Chief Operating Officer of Videotron.