Prague has added mobile coverage to three new stations: Flora, Luka, and Nové Butovice. 42 out of 61 stations in the metro network are now covered with a 4G LTE signal.
If work continues at its current pace, passengers should have access to a 4G signal ‘in all sections of the subway at the end of 2021’.
The costs of covering the capital’s metro stations and the tunnels amount to CZK 12 million and CZK 18 million, respectively.
Construction works and cable installation in Prague Metro were performed in phases and during night hours when the metro is closed to the public (1:00 to 3:00 a.m.).
The total distance between the four new stations where the cable will be installed in both directions is 11.6 km.
It takes at least 50 hours to establish a 4G LTE network in one station; and, to install the network cables in both directions of the tunnel between any two stations takes approximately 2 months.
The consortium of mobile operators and CETIN covers Prague’s 4G metro at its own expense. The construction is coordinated by T-Mobile Czech Republic.
The speed with which the new LTE network can be installed between stations has been highly dependent on the amount (length) of cable that needs to be installed. The shorted section of tunnel runs between Muzeum and Hlavním nádraží (425 meters) and the longest section runs between Nádraží Holešovice and Kobylisy (2,748 meters).
As of today, LTE and 5G signals are available at the following stations: