RBC 23.03.2012, Moscow
Moscow metro passengers traveling along a circular branch, from now on will be available for free Wi-Fi from OJSC "Mobile TeleSystems" (MTS), wrote today, "RBC daily". The company launched a test zone, setting a new access point in the Moscow subway cars like "Rusich". The Moscow government pointed out that if the testing goes well, in three or four months of the operators "big three" allowed to create a Wi-Fi network in the whole subway. The costs of each operator to cover the entire subway network can be up to 250 million rubles.
The launch of Wi-Fi zones within the Circle Line subway told in the publication of MTS. This information was also confirmed in the government of Moscow. Each of the 180 cars (36 trains plying all day on the Circle Line subway) will be installed routers that will take the 3G-signal radiating from the cable — it runs throughout the length of the ring line — and convert it into a wireless Wi-Fi network.
"It is assumed that the Wi-Fi in the Moscow metro will have access speeds of up to 7.2 Mbit / s in the test mode will be free," — noted in the press-service of the MTS. How long the company will test the network and how much it intends to spend on deployment, MTS spokesman refused to tell. However, the source of "RBC daily", which took part in the construction of underground Wi-Fi infrastructure, said that the operator will have to spend at least 250 million rubles. to create a full Wi-Fi coverage in the subway, "and that does not include the costs of providing power, the organization of transport networks and a number of other works," said a source.
Company "VimpelCom" also tests Wi-Fi in the subway, albeit in a different branch. "We have organized a test area in February in two formulations Sokolniki line. Use the service Wi-Fi from the" Beeline "in the subway can Subscribers all operators who have devices with Wi-Fi adapter. We are prepared to cover all the branches, if they give us permission to do so, "- noted in the press-service of the company." MegaFon "has completed the construction of a pilot Wi-Fi zones in the area Serpukhovsko-Timirjazevskoj line from the station" Mendeleev "to" Borovickaya "- says company spokeswoman Julia Dorokhina. "Free Wi-Fi runs on four stations and sidings between them. According to the statement, over the past two years in an underground traffic grew by almost 24 times, today the subscribers of the Moscow "MegaFon", while in the subway, receive and send about 176 GB per day.