The Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) board of directors will vote Wednesday on a $25-million deal for Broadcast Australia Pty. Ltd. to build a wireless network in Toronto’s subway. In a report posted on the TTC’s website this week, the commission said it selected Broadcast Australia to design and operate the proposed underground mobile network following a tendering process that began in December 2009. According to the deal, the report said, Broadcast Australia would pay the TTC $25 million over 20 years plus $8,000 “for design review cost” for each of the city’s 61 underground stations. The TTC can extend the contract for an additional five years, if it decides to do so, the report said. According to the report, Broadcast Australia beat BCE Inc. subsidiary Bell Mobility—the only other qualified company to submit a proposal—for the contract. It said Bell proposed $5 million over the 20-year term and that the decision was made “strictly based on which proponent offered the highest fixed annual fee.” A third qualified bidder, Illinois-based Extenet Systems Inc., declined to submit a bid, the TTC said. If the deal is approved, Broadcast Australia will have 12 months to establish contracts with Canadian wireless carriers interested in operating on the underground network. The company would have to secure contracts with carriers that represent at least 60 per cent of the city’s wireless subscribers, the report said.