The company delivering wireless capability to New York’s subway network has leased 11,000 s/f of data center floor space at Intergate.Manhattan, Sabey Data Centers facility in Lower Manhattan.
Transit Wireless was formed to provide a network within the New York City underground, delivering wireless connectivity for cellular, Wi-Fi Internet access and public safety services in 279 underground stations.
Transit Wireless’ build-out at the Intergate.Manhattan, 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 2017, every underground subway station in the city will have cellular service and Wi-Fi connectivity. Currently, about 130 of 279 stations 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 Intergate.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 Intergate.Manhattan’s infrastructure, including its un-encumbered roof-to-basement shaft ways for cabling and cooling installation.
William Bayne Jr. CEO of Transit Wireless. “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 Intergate.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 co-location space.”
Powered shells provide companies with a fit-out ready modular data center space in a fiber-provisioned site.
Transit Wireless is a subsidiary of Broadcast Australia Infrastructure, which acquired a 28-year contract with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to design, build and deploy wireless infrastructure with the underground New York City subway stations.
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.