From Thursday, April 30, passengers in the Prague metro can use the high-speed LTE mobile network between Muzeum and Můstek stations on line A, reports Mobilenet.cz.
About 20 stations are already covered with LTE services.
At the beginning of April, a consortium of operators launched covered the section between Křižíkova and Invalidovna on line B.
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.
By the end of summer, the consortium wants to complete the coverage of metro sections in the city center. The LTE network should be extended to Staroměstská – Dejvická, Florenc – Českomoravská and Smíchovské nádraží – Anděl.
The costs of covering the Prague metro stations and the tunnels amount to CZK 12 million and CZK 18 million, respectively.
Where LTE network is currently working?
Line A: Bořislavka – Motol Hospital (4 stations: Bořislavka, Nádraží Veleslavín, Petřiny, Motol Hospital), Můstek – Muzeum (2 stations)
Line B: Křižíkova – Invalidovna (2 stations)
Line C: Nádraží Holešovice – Roztyly (12 stations: Nádraží Holešovice, Vltavská, Florenc C, Hlavní nádraží, Muzeum C, I. P. Pavlova, Vyšehrad, Pražského povstání, Pankrác, Budějovická, Kačerov, Roztyly)
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.
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.