The first phase will be a pilot project
The project to install equipment to provide up to the 5th generation (5G) mobile phone signal in both Metro stations and tunnels begins.
This is a project that in its first phase – until March 2023 – according to Athens track commuting authority STASY information, will be a pilot with the aim of finding the best technical solution, which will then be applied to the entire network.
More specifically, during the pilot phase of the project, it is planned to install different antenna systems at the Alimos station and in the two tunnels of Ag. Dimitrios-Ilioupolis and Ilioupolis-Alimos. These systems will work in parallel and at the same time, making it possible to make measurements and gather data, from the conclusions of which the final technical solution will emerge. In the next phase of the project, the technical solution that will have qualified from the pilot stage, will be implemented -within about three months- in the five stations and the four tunnels of the section of the Agiow Dimitrios-Elliniko network, while the coverage of all stations and tunnels of the metro network with a mobile phone signal will gradually progress.
On the occasion of the launch of the project, the managing director of STASY, Athanasios Kottaras, noted: “Continuous and seamless access to communication services is an urgent need in modern societies. Listening to the needs of the traveling public, STASY is starting work to cover the Metro network with a mobile phone signal, so that passengers will soon be able to communicate uninterruptedly during their journeys. This is a project that demonstrates the commitment of both STASY and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport to create added value for society through the upgrading of infrastructure and services to passengers, but also a project that will increase the revenue of company”.
The project is implemented within the framework of an agreement signed by STASY with the mobile telephone companies Cosmote and Vantage Towers.