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Moscow Metro is to Deploy Fluidmesh Wireless Technology

Mon 3 Jun 2019

Moscow Metro is to deploy Fluidmesh wireless technology in a bid to boost passenger WiFi coverage along its tracks. MaximaTelecom, which operates the extensive system of on-train WiFi services in the tunnels and stations deep beneath Moscow’s streets, says it has selected Fluidmesh’s MPLS-based train-to-ground technology to enhance its current network. The technology refresh will involve all thirteen existing metro lines with WiFi in Moscow and will expand coverage to the 14th, the Circle Line.

Constructed under grueling conditions at Stalin’s direction, the metro system in Moscow spans 440Km of track along 14 lines connecting over 260 stations and is one of the is among the largest and busiest metro systems in the world. The operator has some 3,400 train cars and boasts a daily ridership of over 9 million passengers.

Fluidmesh says it was able to demonstrate a seamless handoff with no packet loss, no matter the speed of the train, and a high throughput. The company also allowed for extended spacing between track-side base stations, minimizing both the operational complexity and total cost of ownership (TCO) of the wireless communication system. Leveraging Fluidmesh AI-based technology, the Train-to-Ground wireless network provides throughput, latency, and availability to support not only WiFi traffic but also on board 4G/LTE small cells to provide voice and data connectivity to the subscribers of one of the major Russian telcos.

MaximaTelecom is a digitalization operator for public transportation focused on providing WiFi and connectivity on mass transit vehicles. Maxima deployed a complex on-board WiFi system in Moscow in 2013 and recently entered into a new agreement with Moscow Metro to refresh the technology in order to improve the performances of the system.

More than 2 million clients connect to the MaximaTelecom free Wi-Fi network in Moscow Metro daily. In 2018 the volume of data traffic has grown 20% YoY.  As more and more data is consumed, more throughput is required. As a consequence, Maxima moved forward selecting a new technology to perform a full system refresh that is starting in June and that is expected to be completed by February 2020.

“We have been very impressed by Fluidmesh technology and customer service during the project in St. Petersburg a couple of years ago,” comments Mikhail Minkovskiy, Maxima CTO. “After the great success in St. Petersburg, Fluidmesh was our natural choice when Moscow Metro requested us to refresh the system to enhance performances. We are excited to deploy the first line using Fluidmesh wireless technology in September. We expect to immediately provide a tangible improvement in performances to the passengers and commuters using the system every day,” he concluded.

“Fluidmesh proved to be the ideal solution for a massive deployment like Moscow Metro, where both scalability and network performances are critical at all times,” — commented Umberto Malesci, Fluidmesh CEO and co-founder. “We are proud to provide our technology to Moscow Metro and continue our long term partnership with MaximaTelecom who is a clear global leader in this space.”