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Plans for Free WiFi in St. Petersburg Metro starting with 2017


St. Petersburg Committee for Investments and MaximaTelecom are negotiating the launch of free WiFi in St. Petersburg metro starting with Autumn 2017, reports TASS. The projects foresees to roll out wireless network coverage to 67 stations on five lines and 1,600 metro cars. A communications infrastructure with a length of over 380 km will be developed and over 300 metro trains will be equipped with telecommunication devices.

The total volume of investment is estimated at RUB 1.8 billion. It is expected that in the course of the project in St. Petersburg, you need to build a communications infrastructure in tunnels with a total length of over 380 km and equip telecommunication devices of the order of 300 trains.

“We are ready to implement the project at our own expense, provided we have support from the city”,  said Boris Volpe, CEO of MaximaTelecom during meeting with St. Petersburg Committee for Investments. 

MaximaTelecom has previously invested in launching free Wifi in Moscow Metro. Recently the company has signed a strategic agreement with Russian mobile operator MTS, under which the two parties will install femtocells inside Moscow metro cars by the end of Q1 2017. 

The equipment will be connected to MaximaTelecom’s Internet network, which will allow passengers to enjoy stable voice communications and 3G mobile network access inside all tunnels of the Moscow Metro. The mobile Internet speed will be enough for users to be able to use mobile Internet, chat on social media networks and messengers to the utmost even in peak hours.

“Today, free Wi-Fi on the metro is used by more than 80% of Moscovites. Continuous and stable Wi-Fi connection option has totally changed the idea of pastime on the metro and notably increased passenger comfort in the trains. From now on, MTS subscribers will be able not only to gain network access but also to make calls using voice or send messages directly from cars in exactly the same way as if from outside the metro. This new service will make the Moscow Metro even a more attractive type of public transport,” said Volpe. 

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