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Moscow Metro's unique Wi-Fi network sets another new industry benchmark.

Posted by Luke Upton on Nov 16, 2016 "...we made a real breakthrough and dramatically changed the concept of passenger pastime in metro."

For almost three years, passengers on the Moscow Metro - the world’s busiest by daily ridership - have been able to access something other metro commuters around the world are still only dreaming of – free on-board Wi-Fi. The Moscow Metro not only serves over 2.5 million passengers daily but is the operator, in partnership with RADWIN and MaximaTelecom, of the world’s largest Wi-Fi network. Even in the deepest tunnels Muscovites can access free, fast Wi-Fi. Now more history is being made with the announcement of the results of RADWIN’s recently-launched Next Generation Train-to-Ground solution. RADWIN’s new platform has been tested in Moscow Metro Line 11 and delivered 500 Mbps actual Ethernet throughput, setting a new benchmark in the industry.

Whilst in some cities (including here in London) Wi-Fi is available on station platforms, before going dark in the tunnels, Moscow is the first city in Europe where the service is available for the full journey.  The Wi-Fi services for Moscow commuters, provided on-board 650 trains and 5000 cars along 660 Km of tracks and tunnels, have been operational for almost 3 years. Each day up to 2.5 million commuters generate up to 70 TeraBytes, compared to 45 Terabytes when the service was launched.

RADWIN ( @radwin ) is the leading provider of train-to-ground solutions delivering wireless broadband to rail and metro operators around the world. They power applications including broadband Wi-Fi for passengers, real time high-definition CCTV, PIS and CBTC.

FiberinMotion® Next Generation Train-to-Ground Solution Highlights:
 » High capacity – 500Mbps net Ethernet throughput per base station or mobile unit
 » Extensive coverage – up to 1 km underground / 5 Km above ground
 » Supporting train speeds of up to 350 KMH/220MPH (to be extended to 500km/h)
 » Seamless handover 
 » Multi-band radio operating in 4.9 to 6.0 GHz
 » Compliant with strict railway standards including EN50155, EN61373, EN50121 and IEC 60571.

We asked Nir Hayzler, RADWIN’s VP, Head of Strategic Industries Line of Business to tell us a little more about their work in rail and metro: “We are working on a large number of projects and proof of concepts that require broadband connectivity to the train – and are being constantly driven by our customers to provide the highest possible throughput, in order to build future-proof networks that can support the ever growing need for bandwidth. Our newest Train-to-Ground solution, which enables up to 500 Mbps user throughput, is based on 1Gbps air-rate capable technology, especially tailored to provide high, consistent performance in the challenging scenarios of fast moving trains and metros, above and underground. Further more, we have already demonstrated in another trial 1Gbps (!) of user throughput, and expect this solution to be available next year."

The ability to use Wi-Fi has proved very popular with Moscow residents and visitors alike, changing how passengers used and thought about their time on the metro. In delivering the project, RADWIN partnered with Russian Telecoms and web services company Maxima Telecom ( @maximatelecom ).The team behind the Wi-Fi in Metro project are proud of their solution having no peers globally. 

Mikhail Minkovskiy, Chief Technology Officer at MaximaTelecom told SmartRail World: “Moscow Metro is one of the largest and most complex underground communication networks in the world. Today, more than 80% of Moscow’s citizens are using Wi-Fi on-board the metro and receiving continuous high-speed service thanks to RADWIN’s high-performance robust solution. We have been working with RADWIN since the establishment of this massive network, and together we are pushing the boundaries of technology.”

Maxima Telecom is also looking to duplicate its business model to additional cities, and has been awarded recently the project to provide Wi-Fi for passengers in St. Petersburg Metro, which consists of 67 stations along 5 lines. The service is planned to be provided throughout the entire metro system by the end of 2017.

For more on RADWIN visit: and for all the news on Maxima Telecom visit: 

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Topics: IT and WiFi

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