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Major carriers partner to bring LTE to Chicago's subways

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that the city has reached a deal with Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile to bring 4G LTE from all four carriers to the Chicago Transit Authority's subway system. The network, which will replace the decade-old system currently in Chicago's subways, will provide continuous coverage for 22 miles.

Mayor Emanuel expressed his hope that this upgrade will help make Chicago a more competitive city in the official announcement:

"By adding 4G wireless service all throughout the CTA, we are bringing 21st century technology to every rider on every line of our 21st century transit system," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "This is another way that we are investing in a modern CTA to encourage ridership, make Chicago more economically competitive, and open up more economic opportunities to more residents throughout the city."

The network upgrade began in early January, and is expected to be complete by the end of 2015.

Source: City of Chicago

12 Comments
  • Alright! Sent from my Sony Xperia Tablet Z
  • This is proof that the carriers can work together...at least for things like this.
  • I am very surprised that all 4 did this. And very happy. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Which is more readable? Original;
    "Mayer Emanuel expressed his hope that this upgrade will help make Chicago a more competitive city in the official announcement:" Or this...
    "Mayer Emanuel expressed in the official announcement his hope this upgrade will make Chicago a more competitive city:"
  • The first one Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • "Mayer (Mayor) Emanuel expressed in the official announcement his hope (that) this upgrade will make Chicago a more competitive city:"
    I think the article is just fine the way it is, without your mistakes.
  • Well, there goes a lot of peoples' excuses....
    This is good news though.
  • I don't believe for a second that these companies are doing this for out of kindness. We must be about to lose a lot Posted via the Android Central App
  • No for profit company does anything out of the kindness of their heart. But at least those living there will have coverage now. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes , those living in the subways need to have coverage :) Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • Think of the mole people and have some sympathy Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Don't get me wrong when I say this Isn't the city just putting repeaters/Boosters into the subways? So it's not costing the carriers anything. Posted via Android Central App