Free wifi officially launches at two TTC stations

TORONTO – Toronto subway riders who want to surf the net on their commute can now access free wifi at Bloor-Yonge and Saint-George stations.

An ad-supported network called T-connect is officially being kicked off Tuesday following a soft launch last week.

In order to connect to the free wifi, riders will have to watch 15-second advertisements.

The TTC entered into an agreement with BAI Canada Inc. on Dec. 5, 2012 to build the network in the subway system for $25 million over 20 years.

WATCH: Ken Ranger from BAI Canada discusses the launch of WiFi at two TTC stations.

Underground cellular phone service is still unavailable as the company contracted to install the wireless system has yet to bring a telecommunications carrier on board.

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A staff report indicates the company is still in negotiations with carriers including Bell, Rogers, Telus, Mobilicity, Wind and Public Mobile.

The TTC hopes the design, installation, construction and full implementation of the network will be completed by the end of 2017.

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