Toronto Subway Launches Wireless with DAS

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Toronto Subway Launches Wireless System, Features PCTEL MIMO Antennas

BAI Canada Collaborates with Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to Provide High-Speed WiFi and Cellular Service to Riders

Launch Event on December 10, 2013

BLOOMINGDALE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--December 10, 2013--

PCTEL, 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 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 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 employees.

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 Connected 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(R) scanning receivers and SeeHawk(R) visualization tool measure and analyze wireless signals for efficient cellular network planning, deployment, and optimization. PCTEL develops and supports scanning receivers for LTE, TD-LTE, EV-DO, CDMA, WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, GSM, and WiMAX networks.

PCTEL Connected Solutions(TM) 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(R), Bluewave(TM), and Wi-Sys(TM) 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,,

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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