08-26-2008 10:15 AM
ATT and other carriers do not usually discuss their network expansion plans until they are ready to seek approval from the local authorities. You may want to talk with the DC body that approves theses request to see if they have discussed this with ATT and/or if they would approach ATT?
I'm just writing to ask if AT&T have plans to expand their network underground, particularly when riding the Metro. I'm located in the Washington DC Metro area. Thanks
- edited 08-26-2008 10:19 AM
08-26-2008 12:29 PM
09-14-2008 2:46 AM
09-14-2008 8:18 AM
It sounds like they have a excellent plan in place to have this done, and the turn around of 4 years over all is a little long, but with what they have to work with is quite understandable.
DWC1 wrote:I wrote to my City Council Member who forwarded my mail to Metro for a response. Here is what I received:Thank you for your August 26, 2008 email to District of Columbia Councilmember and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) Board member Jim Graham concerning cell phone service in the Metrorail system. Mr. Graham forwarded your email to Metro for response.
In May, Metro's Information Technology department issued the Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new underground wireless system known as a "neutral host". The RFP invited vendors to bid on the design, build, operation, and maintenance of the system. This new system will provide the opportunity for all licensed cellular carriers to offer their services in Metro"s underground stations and tunnels. It is one of the most complex and challenging technology projects that Metro will undertake over the next few years.
RFP responses were delivered to WMATA on August 26, and the selection of the final vendor is expected by November 1. Approval by the Metro Board of Directors is directionally expected at year end, with construction slated to begin in the first quarter of 2009.
The 4-year implementation schedule has established these directional milestones:
Thank you again for your inquiry.
- 20 stations (not tunnels) within 12 months
- 20 Stations and tunnels within 24 months
- All 47 stations and tunnels within 48 months
Chief, Network and Communications Services
09-16-2008 11:37 AM