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.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
In 2014, we expanded our network by 20% through the installation of 15,000 3G and LTE base stations. By the end of the year, MTS launched LTE networks in 76 of Russia’s 85 regions.
During the year, we continued to enhance our 2G and 3G networks and realized total population coverage of 98% by the end of the year. Over 80% of 3G base stations on our network now deliver speeds of 42 Mb/s, the fastest data transfer speed commercially available, through the deployment of Dual-Cell HSPA+. The remaining 3G base stations run on HSPA+ standard and deliver speeds up to 21 Mb/s.
In 2014, mobile data traffic on MTS’s networks increased 1.7 times in Russia. The highest growth in the mobile traffic consumption was registered in the North-West and Moscow regions, where traffic grew 2.2 and 2 times respectively. In Moscow, the volume of the LTE traffic increased 13 times year-over-year due to network development and growing penetration of LTE-enabled smartphones, tablets and dongles. The traffic growth was also aided by Apple’s decision to enable LTE-TDD network for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, as well as older iPhone 5S and 5C models.
The total length of our fiber-optic lines reached 160,000 km in 2014. The increase was driven by the construction of long distance lines in the regions and the aggressive build-out of the Gigabit-capable Passive Optic Network (GPON) in Moscow, where the total length of the lines increased to 40,000 km. GPON is capable of delivering high-speed broadband and digital TV to 3.5 million Moscow households. During the year the number of the households passed doubled while the volume of internet traffic on our network increased by 45%.