More metro stops covered by 4G signal

The while metro system should be covered by the end of 2021

More metro stations now have a 4G LTE mobile signal in tunnels and public places. The section from Pražského povstání to Roztyly is now in operation. It joins the previous section from Muzeum to Vyšehrad, which was launched at the start of October. All stations cover so far are on the Metro C line, or red line.

A consortium of mobile operators made up of CETIN, O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone have so far invested about Kč 80 million in the project.

Installing service in the metro tunnel makes slow progress because work can only be done at night when the metro isn’t running, and only for about two and a half hours at a time.

In 2019, the mobile operators plan to cover another 21 stations. All remaining stations and tunnels will be covered between 2020 and 2021. Total costs are estimated at half a billion crowns.

The Prague metro began operation in 1974 and now has three lines with 61 stations. It currently has a transit network 65.2 kilometers long. This does not include the long-planned Metro D line.

“It is possible to increase the comfort of passengers while fulfilling what we have promised. Another 21 stations will be covered next year and I believe that the entire metro will be covered by the end of 2021 as it stands in the contract,” Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová (ANO) said earlier then the first section was announced.

After several years of negotiations, a contract with a consortium of mobile operators was signed in April, setting out a timetable for work.

The entire metro should have been covered by a mobile signal in 2017, but this was delayed due to the lack of an agreement with the operators.

Last year, the city also launched public Wi-Fi connections in the first six metro stations — Hlavní nádraží, Pražského povstání, Náměstí Republiky, Smíchovské nádraží, Florenc B and Florenc C — and this September, the connection was extended to Muzeum.

“It's all about improving passenger comfort. In the 21st century, it would be a standard for people to sort out emails or read messages on their way to work, so I think it's right that along with the introduction of the mobile signal, the stations will also be covered with Wi-Fi connections,” Krnáčová said previously.

Expanding WiFi coverage is part of a long-term city project not only for the metro. The Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) has introduced Wi-Fi in new Škoda 15T ForCity trams and some other trams as it modernizes the fleet. By 2022 DPP hopes to have 60 to 70 percent of the fleet covered with WiFi.

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