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NYC sub subs

So they're fighting for the coverage of US subways now (277 outta 468 stations). The Metropolitan Transportation Authority proposes a 10 year exclusivity and all MNOs are bidding, but the winner will be compelled to offer roaming to his competitors, CDMA or GSM (anyway they can't go together in the tunnel of love since the tunnel parts are not included in the contract). The NYT sizes the prize between $50 and 100M.
That's a far cry from MTA's no-bid contract awarded to Lockheed Martin Corporation for its electronic surveillance system : $212M. And that system won't be shut down in case of terror crisis. Not that it could change anything : the time for the authorities to realise something's happening it will be too late anyway. But not for this major favorite of the Bush Administration.



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