|[December 10, 2013]
Toronto Subway Launches Wireless System, Features PCTEL MIMO Antennas
BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. --(Business Wire)--
PCTEL (News - Alert), Inc. (NASDAQ:PCTI), a leader in simplifying wireless and site
solutions for private and public networks, announced today its
participation in the BAI Canada launch event for the newly deployed TTC
Subway high speed WiFi (News - Alert) and cellular network. The launch event was
conducted at the Bloor-Yonge Station in Toronto today. The new
state-of-the-art distributed antenna system (DAS) will support mobile
voice and data communication throughout the subway system. The event
commemorates completion of the first phase of the network's deployment,
covering TTC's two busiest stations.
BAI (News - Alert) Canada designs, constructs, owns, and operates the subway station
wireless communications network. It provides free high-speed internet on
the TCONNECT WiFi network, which will reach over 1.3 million riders
daily. BAI Canada also operates the cellular network as a neutral host,
providing access to all Toronto-based Wireless Service Providers (WSP).
When complete, the network will extend cellular and WiFi coverage to all
69 underground TTC subway stations as well as the entire tunnel system.
In addition to serving commuters and visitors, who take more than 514
million rides per year, the system will also support over 14,000 TTC
PCTEL designs and manufactures MIMO antennas that provide multi-band
coverage on both WiFi and cellular frequencies throughout the network.
The antennas' MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output) technology
optimizes data throughput rates and capacity. PCTEL provides solutions
that take full advantage of MIMO and other cutting-edge wireless
technologies for transit, public safety, healthcare, fleet management,
commercial, and industrial wireless applications.
"We are delighted to be the antenna supplier to BAI Canada and the TTC
subway and believe that our state-of-the-art MIMO antennas will enhance
the passenger experience," said Rishi Bharadwaj, VP, Product Management
and Marketing for PCTEL Connecte Solutions. "It was thrilling to be a
part of this launch and see some of the millions of commuters who will
benefit from this system," added Bharadwaj.
"We chose PCTEL because of their track record supporting complex
wireless deployments, and they were an excellent antenna partner on this
project," said Brian Jacks, BAI Canada CEO. "Their team was highly
responsive, and they quickly delivered products that met strict
performance and environmental requirements," added Jacks.
Rishi Bharadwaj and Mary Cook, PCTEL's Account Executive supporting BAI
Canada, attended the launch event.
PCTEL, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCTI), develops antenna, scanning receiver, and
engineered site solutions and services for public and private networks.
PCTEL RF Solutions specializes in the design, optimization and testing
of today's wireless communication networks. The company's SeeGull®
scanning receivers and SeeHawk® visualization tool measure and analyze
wireless signals for efficient cellular network planning, deployment,
and optimization. PCTEL develops and supports scanning receivers for
LTE (News - Alert), TD-LTE, EV-DO, CDMA, WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, GSM, and WiMAX networks.
PCTEL Connected Solutions™ simplifies network deployment for wireless,
data and communications applications for private network, public safety,
and government customers. PCTEL Connected Solutions develops and
delivers high-value YAGI, Land Mobile Radio, WiFi, GPS, In-Tunnel,
Subway, and broadband antennas (parabolic and flat panel) through its
MAXRAD®, Bluewave™, and Wi-Sys (News - Alert)™ product lines. PCTEL also designs
specialized towers, enclosures, fiber optic panels, and fiber jumper
cables to deliver custom engineered site solutions. The company's
vertical markets include SCADA, Health Care, Smart Grid, Positive Train
Control, Precision Agriculture, Indoor Wireless, Telemetry, Off-loading,
and Wireless Backhaul. PCTEL's products are sold worldwide through
direct and indirect channels. For more information, please visit the
company's web sites www.pctel.com,
About BAI Canada
BAI Canada is part of a group of global experts that design, build,
operate, maintain and own underground communication networks. BAI Canada
is a subsidiary of Canadian-owned BAI Group, a global leader in wireless
communications for underground transit systems. 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.
BAI Canada 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.
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