By Tammy Parker
Sprint (NYSE:S) agreed to a contract that will enable it to use Transit Wireless’ distributed antenna system (DAS), which is being rolled out across the New York City subway system. Wireless customers of Sprint and its sub-brands–Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile–can expect to begin receiving coverage underground in the 36 stations already online in midtown Manhattan and Chelsea by early 2014. Sprint will also engage in phase two of Transit’s DAS project, which will comprise 40 new stations including Grand Central Station and is slated for completion in early 2014. Sprint expects to participate as Transit expands DAS coverage to all 277 underground subway stations.
In April, Transit announced that its neutral-host DAS had already signed as anchor tenants AT&T (NYSE:T) and T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS). Sprint and Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) were said to be finalizing contracts to deliver their services via the DAS. A follow-up announcement regarding Verizon has yet to be made. Boingo Wireless is also using Transit’s DAS to expand its sponsored Wi-Fi hotspot offering within the New York City subway system.