There are now thirty Prague metro stations covered with a 4G LTE signal. Karlovo náměstí has been the last one added to the list.
By the end of the year, ten more stations will be added:
– in August (early September): Dejvická and Můstek (B)
– in September: Chodov, Opatov, and Háje
– in the last quarter of 2020: Národní třída, Náměstí Republiky, Náměstí Míru and two more stations in Prague 5 or Prague 3 (depending on the reconstruction works of Jiřího z Poděbrad station).
According to the plan, the entire metro should be covered with a mobile signal by early 2022.
If work continues at the same pace as hitherto, it is likely that passengers will be able to use the 4G signal in all sections of the subway at the end of 2021.
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.
These metro stations already have 4G LTE signal:
Facts and behind-the-scene details
- 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 coverage of the section between two stations costs on average CZK 10 million depending on its length.
- The longest and the shortest interstation section in the Prague metro is located on the line C. The greatest distance (2,748) m is between the stations Holešovice and Kobylisy, where even the sightseeing cannot be completed in one night, but it has to be divided into two. On the other hand, the shortest section (425 m) leads from Muzeum C to Hlavní nádraží.
- Construction of the LTE network can take place in the metro only at night, in a short time of less than three hours when the trains do not run. Every night, 70 operator technicians work in the subway. To install and assemble the LTE network into one station, 50 hours (+ hours of preparation before entering the tunnel) are needed.