Moscow is getting ready to launch a citywide seamless Wi-Fi network in the spring 2017. The integrated city wi-fi titled MT_FREE will connect all means of public transport including metro, surface transit, the Moscow Central Ring, Aeroexpress, and the suburban commuter train networks, reports the Moscow Mayor’s official website.
Wi-Fi is already available on the city’s buses, trams, and Aeroexpress airport trains, as well as at stations, and in the metro, however under different names. For instance, Wi-Fi in the metro is called MosMetro Free, and it is Mosgortrans_Free on buses.
By the end of the year, the Moscow Central Ring and suburban train networks will be integrated into MT_FREE. Later, the new name (MT_FREE) will be put in place step by step in all types of transport popping up, at first, as a supplementary network, which can also be used to connect to the internet. It is expected to be fully integrated by the spring 2017.
With the introduction of seamless access, passengers will only need to pass authentication once regardless of the number of times they transfer between modes of transport. That will make it the largest public network in Europe.
“To make internet life in Moscow more convenient, an integrated Wi-Fi network is being set up on all public transit systems. The internet will be available for an entire trip regardless of the number of transfers. No city in the world has a programme like this. It’s a large project and a step on the road to preparing the city for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. This seamless citywide Wi-Fi network is a good example of cooperation between the city and business, which aim to make public transit more passenger-friendly,” said Maxim Liksutov, Deputy Mayor and Head of the Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development.
Every day, over 4 million people connect to Wi-Fi on public transit vehicles in Moscow.
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