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Taking connection on Moscow metro to a new level

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

MTS has successfully installed new equipment to secure seamless connection for passengers in Moscow metro. MTS cooperated with MaximaTelecom, a high-tech company specializing in development and commercialization of Wi-Fi networks in public areas, to implement the project.To achieve this new level of service, MTS equipped approximately 4,000 metro trains with femtocells connected to MaximaTelecom’s networks. These micro base stations boost the quality of signal available to MTS subscribers while travelling on Moscow metro trains. Even during peak hours, MTS subscribers can now enjoy reliable underground network to use voice, SMS, and mobile internet services.

Igor Yegorov, Director of the Moscow region at MTS, commented: “The launch of this project brings the quality of MTS’ services on the Moscow Metro to a new level. MTS subscribers are now able to be fully connected not just in the station lobbies and on the escalators, but while they’re inside the metro trains. This helps to provide a seamless and uninterrupted mobile user experience for millions of people during their lengthy journeys on the vast Moscow underground network. We will continue to enhance and fine-tune our underground service, identify and rectify any potential issues and expand coverage.”

Boris Volpe, CEO of MaximaTelecom, added: “Moscow is a world leader in providing internet services to metro passengers. It was the first city in the world to provide free, high-speed Wi-Fi access across all metro lines, which is today used by over 80% of Moscow’s residents. With the launch of this new MTS service, Moscow is again standing out as an innovator in this area. MTS customers now have access to the highest possible level of service while travelling on the Moscow Metro, and this is a standard all Moscow mobile networks should aspire to.”


MTS сurrently provides voice services in all Moscow metro stations. In 2016, MTS provided LTE mobile internet in 53 stations and this figure is expected to rise to 140 by the end of 2017.  

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Saturday, May 05, 2012

In Russia, mobile data traffic is projected to grow 18-fold from 2011 to 2016. This increase in demand requires cost effective solutions that improve not only capacity but coverage as well. For this, many operators are turning to femtocell technology. Femtocells are small low-power wireless base stations that connect to mobile networks using residential DSL or fiber connections and can support multiple standard mobile devices. Femtocells deliver a strong signal and high-quality voice service to standard mobile devices in homes, small and large offices, outdoor public spaces, metro hotspots and rural areas. While the market is still quite young it’s quickly gaining popularity. According to ABI Research, 37 operators launched femtocell services in 2011 globally.



The original target market for femtocells was residential, but now operators are focusing on enterprise femtocell solutions to boost indoor network coverage, mobile data capacity, and mobile voice call quality for business of all sizes. This is particularly relevant for MTS given that 80% of MTS network traffic is indoor traffic. In 2011, MTS installed around 130 femtocells for corporate clients in Moscow and St. Petersburg from which they are benefiting from ensured quality coverage and fast internet within buildings where mobile coverage is poor or lacking.


Most recently, MTS launched special tariff plans to promote femtocell usage. These pricing plans allow corporate clients to cut their mobile bill by up to 40%.

In addition to being cost-effective, femtocells offer flexible and powerful solutions. Flexible insofar that a number of femtocells can be combined in a mini-network, and handover between macro-network and mini-network is seamless. There is no need to obtain special permission from regulator or owners of the building, so installation is easy. And powerful insofar as one femtocell provides coverage of up to 1000 square miles with speeds up to 7.2 Mb/s. Given the range of benefits, we only expect the market for femtocells in Russia to grow in the coming years.



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