From Thursday, December 31, passengers in the Prague metro can use the high-speed LTE mobile network at Náměstí Míru, Hůrka, and Lužiny, reports Mobilenet.cz.
As of today, 39 stations out of 61 are covered with LTE services.
According to the previous plan, the entire metro should be covered with a mobile signal by early 2022.
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.
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.
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.
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.