T-Mobile boosts network inside Union Station

By Wailin Wong
Posted June 24, 2010 at 10:53 a.m.

T-Mobile said it has installed more antennas inside Chicago’s Union Station to provide better service inside and around the building.

The bolstered 3G network launched on Monday. The Bellevue, Wash.-based carrier said commuters at Union Station should notice improved coverage on the mezzanine and concourse levels, including areas such as the terminals, boarding lounges and the food court.

The Union Station project is separate from T-Mobile’s rollout of its HSPA Plus network technology, which was just introduced this week to 25 new cities. Chicago has not received the HSPA Plus upgrade, which delivers speeds faster than 3G, but is not technically 4G like Sprint’s network. Sprint is the only carrier in the U.S. with a 4G network up and running, although Verizon Wireless and AT&T are preparing to introduce theirs late this year and into 2011.

In Chicago, T-Mobile has boosted its coverage in certain strategic locations, including O’Hare International Airport and on the L train’s Red and Blue lines.

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