Wi-Fi in Moscow Metro: Voted by Citizens as Best Transport Project 2015 in Russia’s Capital
Service Providers, Mobility
Voters of Moscow’s “Active Citizen” project chose the free Wi-Fi network of Moscow Metro as the Best Transport Project in 2015. The service, offered by Maxima Telecom based on Cisco technology, is unique in the sense that passengers can stay connected across the whole metro network, including the tunnels, whilst the trains are in motion. As part of a pilot project, some of the metro stations have free wireless service as well.
In addition to high speed Internet connection from any mobile device, passengers of Moscow metro can access Maxima Telecom’s wi-fi.ru portal. The portal offers a variety of applications including online radio, news, movie and music coupons and deals, games and many more.
The Wi-Fi network was put into operation in December 2014 on all twelve lines of Moscow Metro. With its total length exceeding 330 km, Moscow has one of the world’s largest metro systems. More than 5,400 cars were equipped with Cisco wireless access points and each of them is connected to the network at speeds up to 100 Mbps. The bandwidth of the network exceeds 20 Gbit/s. Every day up to 70 TB of traffic goes via the Wi-Fi network that is used by 1.2 million people every month.
Providing sustainable wireless communication in trains moving along curving tunnels was a technological challenge. Maxima Telecom selected ruggedized Cisco equipment designed for difficult environments including high levels of noise, pollution and large amounts of conductive dust. Each car is equipped with high-performance Cisco Aironet 2600 Access Points manufactured in the Russian city of Tver by one of Cisco’s global contract manufacturers. Each access point provides up to 50 connections simultaneously. In addition, trains are equipped with Cisco controllers and routers while the high-performance Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches were used to build the core network.