Global Wireless Solutions, Inc. (GWS) recently evaluated mobile and WiFi network performance in the NYC subway system. GWS tested 67 stations where Transit Wireless has been deployed, making up a significant portion of the 21 subway lines in Manhattan. GWS’s controlled tests examined a variety of metrics, including upload/download speeds and task attempts and completions. These tests ultimately determined at which stations commuters could expect to successfully connect to the city’s public transit WiFi network, and the quality of experience (QoE) commuters can expect on each line.
GWS conducted these series of tests using the QualiPoc Freerider from SwissQual, a Rohde & Schwarz subsidiary specialized in Mobile Network Testing. The Freerider, a portable benchmarking system, was equipped with Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones. The Freerider was operated by a trained GWS engineer who conducted the assessment tests and obtained upload and download speeds from the packet data networks of Tier 1 carriers including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Testing was conducted June to July 2015 at all stations and/or platforms with active Transit Wireless deployments in Manhattan up through 125th Street.
The NYC subway testing data reveals riders of the Q line receive the best overall service on mobile phones. The 4 line was by far the worst performing line for WiFi connections, with just two out of 22 stations on the line (9 percent) having WiFi available. In addition, the testing found that six of the sites had no detectable WiFi signal.
“The City of New York has not been shy with its intentions to dramatically increase WiFi and mobile connectivity for city dwellers and visitors over the past few years. In particular, it has begun an ambitious station-by-station deployment of WiFi and select DAS networks with help from Transit Wireless in an effort to connect the millions of subway riders every day looking for service. The Rohde & Schwarz portable benchmarking solution enabled us to determine just how successful this rollout has been so far,” said Dr. Paul Carter, CEO at Global Wireless Solutions. “GWS looks forward to working with Rohde & Schwarz in the next round of NYC subway WiFi network testing to see the progress NYC and Transit Wireless has made.”
NYC and Transit Wireless anticipate a complete rollout of WiFi services to all 279 stations making up the city’s subway system by 2017.