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New York commuters will no longer be traveling in a void of no communication because city authorities have announced that they are to install telephone and Wi-Fi coverage by the end of 2011 meaning you can use mobile phones underground.

The news comes as a surprise to many as it is a year earlier than initial plans proposed. It means that New York will beat London to getting its network catered for. The UK capital aims to have mobile signal on their Underground trains by the time the Olympics begin in the summer of 2012.

Although plans for New York coverage are expected to be different from what is planned in London. The trains themselves will not be kitted like how London’s tube network is being covered.

Jay Walden, the head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), said: "For too long, the subway system has been an information black hole in our lives.

"Bringing cell and Wi-Fi service to stations is one of the ways we are working to change that."

All Subway stations are likely to have coverage by the final deadline of 2016, but the first stations to give mobile service include five beneath West 14th Street and one at West 23rd Street and 8th Avenue.

Installed by Transit Wireless, an Australian-controlled company, the scheme will cost about $200 million (£125 million) cash for mobile phones to be enabled in the subway.

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