BAI Canada and the TTC are bringing wireless internet service (Wi-Fi) to Bay Station as part of their plan to extend Wi-Fi and cellular capabilities to all underground subway stations. They launched the service at Bloor-Yonge and St. George Stations in December 2013.
Work has already begun to expand the service to Wellesley, College, Dundas and Union stations and all downtown stations on the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina line plus Spadina, St. George, Bay and Yonge on the 2 Bloor - Danforth line will have Wi-Fi service by the first quarter of 2015. Each station will host the TCONNECT Wi-Fi service and will be cellular-capable, ready for local cellular operators to join the network. The network provides connectivity for transit riders and lets the TTC use business and transit applications such as digital signage for its passenger information services.
In introducing Wi-Fi at Bloor-Yonge and St. George stations, BAI Canada also launched TCONNECT, its free-to-the-public, sponsored Wi-Fi service. TCONNECT has worked with organizations like Mondelez, Tim Hortons, the City of Toronto and Koodo to provide free Wi-Fi to TTC riders. Since then, more than 200,000 unique users have accessed the TCONNECT network more than 1.5 million times. In June alone, TTC riders used more than three terabytes of data on the Wi-Fi network.
The TTC and BAI plan to install Wi-Fi in these downtown stations over the next six months:
- Wellesley - September
- College - September
- Union - October
- Dundas - October
- Queen - November
- King - November
- Spadina - December
- St Andrew - January 2015
- Osgoode - January
- St Patrick - February
- Queen’s Park - February
- Museum - March
BAI Canada and the TTC are delivering WiFi and cellular infrastructure to all subway stations, covering all public areas including platforms, mezzanines, walkways and stairwells in 65 current and planned underground stations. BAI Canada is paying the TTC $25 million over 20 years for the rights to install and operate the network.
BAI Canada says it’s is building a robust, high-quality network in Toronto for the TTC and its riders. BAI Canada will own and operate the subway wireless communications network and function as a single point of contact for all Toronto licensed wireless service providers to extend their cellular services to the TTC’s more than 1.7 million daily riders.
If you see the Wi-Fi Station sign at any TTC stations, you will be able to connect your Wi-Fi enabled device (smartphone, tablet or laptop) to the TCONNECT network. To connect your device to the Wi-Fi network select the Wi-Fi network, “TCONNECT” in your device’s Wi-Fi setting. Once you select the network, open an internet browser like Chrome for an Android device, Safari on an Apple device, Blackberry Browser on a Blackberry device or third-party browsers like Opera or Firefox. Once the browser is opened you will see the welcome screen with instructions for access.
TCONNECT is ad-supported, meaning an advertiser is sponsoring the Wi-Fi service with short ads. This service comes at no cost — no cost for passengers to sign onto the network and no cost to the TTC, TTC riders or Toronto taxpayers for the work to install the infrastructure. In fact, it will generate revenue for the TTC.
In the first phase, Wi-Fi coverage between stations and in tunnels will not be available, but, as soon as the train enters the next Wi-Fi-enabled station devices will automatically reconnect to the Internet. In the second phase of the project, BAI will extend the cellular network in the TTC tunnels and expects to finish all work is in three to four years.
If you have questions or difficulty assessing the TCONNECT Wi-Fi network send a message to info@TCONNECT.ca or call the TCONNECT Help Desk at 416-777-WiFi (9434).
BAI Canada is part of a group of global experts that design, build, operate, maintain and own communication networks. BAI Canada is a subsidiary of Canadian-owned BAI Group, a leader in wireless communications for underground transit systems, broadcast communications, private radio networks and online communications. BAI Group is building and operating the wireless network in the New York subway. It has also been involved in deploying and maintaining communication networks for some of the most complex subway systems around the world, including Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation.