Welcoming a pioneering company for cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity service in New York City’s underground subway stations
New York, July 16, 2015 – Sabey Data Centers announced today that it has signed a long-term lease with Transit Wireless, the New York-based company formed to provide a pioneering network within the New York City underground subway stations, delivering wireless connectivity for cellular, Wi-Fi Internet access and public safety services in 279 underground stations.
Transit Wireless will occupy 11,000 square feet of data center floor space at SDC Manhattan, Sabey’s facility in Lower Manhattan. Transit Wireless’ build-out at the space, to be completed later this year, will represent a major expansion of capacity for the company’s network of base stations throughout Manhattan and Queens. It is expected that by 2018, every underground subway station in the city will have cellular service and Wi-Fi connectivity. Currently, about 130 of 279 stations in New York City are completed, including the Fulton Street transportation hub, all of Queens, Midtown and throughout the Upper West side.
John Sabey, President, Sabey Data Centers, said, “We are proud that Transit Wireless selected SDC Manhattan as the location for its showpiece installation. It will be Transit Wireless’ focal point and its control center. Millions of subway riders will be connecting through Transit Wireless, and Sabey Data Centers will be powering those connections. This is proof, in essence, that data centers are the utility of the Internet Age.”
Sabey will provide Transit Wireless with floor space, utility power and condenser water for cooling. While building out its data center, Transit Wireless will also take advantage of SDC Manhattan’s infrastructure, including its un-encumbered roof-to-basement shaft ways for cabling and cooling installation.
“We are very pleased to announce execution of this lease agreement,” said William Bayne Jr. CEO of Transit Wireless, LLC. “This is a first class facility that will provision high quality infrastructure in support of our network deployment and operations, quality that fully aligns to the expectations of our customers and consumers. This facility will support a segment of our network covering downtown Manhattan and select Queens’ subway stations, some of the busiest subway stations in the region demanding highly resilient wireless connectivity.”
Daniel Meltzer, Vice President of Sales & Leasing, Sabey Data Centers, said, “This transaction is a trend setting milestone for SDC Manhattan because it’s our second lease for our powered shell product. Almost all of our leases up to the present have been for our wholesale turnkey data center colocation space.”
Transit Wireless is a subsidiary of Broadcast Australia Infrastructure, which acquired a 28-year contract with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in to design, build and deploy wireless infrastructure with the underground New York City subway stations.
The Brokers: In the lease negotiations, Alan Bonett and Bradley Cohn of Adams & Company Real Estate represented Transit Wireless. Sabey Data Centers was represented by Michael Morris of NGKF.
About Sabey Data Centers
With a portfolio of more than three million square feet of mission critical space, Sabey Data Center Properties is one of the oldest and largest privately owned multi-tenant data center owner/developer/ operators in the United States. Sabey specializes in scalable, custom-built solutions including data center ready shell space and fully turnkey data centers managed by Sabey’s award-winning critical environment operations team. Consistently recognized for its reputation for operational excellence through its world-class data centers and sustained uptime, Sabey boasts one of the most sterling tenant rosters in the industry. www.sabey.com.
About Transit Wireless
Transit Wireless has implemented a high quality, highly resilient network that enables secure private networks and public Wi-Fi. Transit Wireless was formed specifically to meet the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) requirement to provide a shared wireless infrastructure to enable commercial wireless services provided by AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon for New York City Transit customers within the underground subway stations and related opportunities.
About Transit Wireless WiFi
To connect to the complimentary Wi-Fi service, riders can simply select the SSID “TransitWirelessWiFi” and go to their browser before being connected to the Internet. Riders will also be able to browse daily New York City news and events from CityBuzz as they wait in stations. The new Transit Wireless Wi-Fi service allows riders to stay connected for up to an hour before having to log on again.