Source: Deep down, Cross River Rail commuters will stay connected

  • Brisbane’s Cross River Rail project will enable commuters to use their mobile phones and access the internet while travelling underground
  • The project will install a state-of-the-art communication system that will cover the 10.2-kilometre twin tunnels and four new underground stations
  • The communication system will use a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) that will distribute mobile signals from all network providers along the tunnels and stations
  • The DAS will include more than 300 antennas and 30 kilometres of fibre optic cables that will be installed inside the tunnel walls and ceilings
  • The DAS will ensure that commuters can make calls, send messages, browse the web and stream videos without interruption or loss of signal
  • The project will also provide free Wi-Fi access points and digital information screens at the underground stations to enhance the customer experience
  • The project is on track to be completed by 2025 and will service more than 200,000 commuters every day
  • The project is a key part of the Queensland government’s vision to transform public transport and reduce traffic congestion in Brisbane
  • The project is jointly funded by the state and federal governments, with a total budget of $5.4 billion
  • The project is also supported by the private sector, with several companies involved in the design, construction and operation of the communication system

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