Another four metro stations in Prague now have mobile coverage, Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib announced on Friday.
They are the Vysočanská, Kolbenova, and Hloubětín stations on the B line and Kobylisy on the C line of the Prague underground.
As of today, 50 stations out of 61 are covered with LTE services. The remaining stations should be covered by the end of the year with the exception of Jiřího z Poděbrad which will be undergoing extensive renovation.
According to the previous plan, the entire metro should be covered with a mobile signal by early 2022.
To provide complete 4G LTE coverage in its metro tunnels, DPP has installed a radiating cable (approximately 5 cm diameter) type network. The only exception to this is in the newest section of Metro Line A – Bořislavka, Nádraží Veleslavín, Petřiny and Nemocnice Motol – where an LTE network, providing phone and high-speed data connectivity, was installed as part of the initial construction.
The costs of covering the Prague metro stations and the tunnels amount to CZK 12 million and CZK 18 million, respectively.
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.
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.