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Best and worst subway lines for Wi-Fi

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NEW YORK — Wi-Fi on subway lines and stations throughout New York have been tested for best overall service on mobile phones, and some have proven much better than others.

Global Wireless Solutions released data from their latest subway testing that showed that riders on the Q line are able to connect the easiest– with that line achieving the best overall service on mobile phones.

The 6 line came in a close second for the best overall service and the R line came in third. The worst lines were the Z, J and 5.

The stations with the strongest signals are the Fifth Avenue 59th Street N/Q/R, and the 53rd Street E/M. The slowest connection is at the Lexington Avenue 53rd Street station, followed by the 116th Street A/B/C, and the Fulton Street J/Z stop.

“Our carefully controlled tests examined a variety of metrics, including upload and download speeds and task attempts and completions, to determine just how successful this rollout has been so far and which lines commuters can expect to have the easiest experience getting online” Dr. Paul Carter, CEO at Global Wireless Solutions said.

According to GWS, the current use of the NYC subway is at highest in the past 60 years with more than 1.7 billion riders each year.

The MTA says that all 277 subway stations in the city will enjoy free Internet access by 2017.