Free Moscow Wi-Fi network is one of the largest in the world now

October 1, 2019

Moscow Wi-Fi turns six. Over the years, it has become one of the world's largest citywide wireless access networks. Moscow ranks among TOP 3 free Wi-Fi cities, outpacing New York, London and Tokyo.

According to Eduard Lysenko, Moscow Government Minister, Head of the Information Technology Department, there are some 18,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots in Moscow, with about 3,000 of them within Sadovoye Koltso and locally within the Third Ring Road, covering most of the central streets. There are over 1,200 hotspots in 43 Moscow parks, with more than 10,500 of them available in university hostels and some 3,500 offered by culture centres.

'We will further develop Moscow Wi-Fi network, as this is an important part of the urban digital environment. Throughout the year, another 60 libraries are to have their hotspots, to increase the total number of libraries with free Wi-Fi to 400,' said Eduard Lysenko.

According to Eduard Lysenko, Moscow parks, museums and cultural facilities will be further integrating into the Moscow's online network.

There is also an integrated urban Wi-Fi space project underway. All the existing hotspots are to be mapped on a common digital platform, so that users could connect to free Moscow_WiFi_Free network without re-authorisation while moving around the city.

As part of the project, a centralised support service launched this summer to maintain Wi-Fi and interact with Moscow residents and guests. Now urban Wi-Fi users no longer need to search for contacts of different operators to report a problem. Ask questions, leave a feedback about the network or make development suggestions by calling the centralised service number +7 (800) 300-69-89.

The bike lane on Frunzenskaya Embankment was the first to get Wi-Fi hotspots in a test mode. After the successful pilot launch, Wi-Fi hotspots appeared in parks and student hostels in 2013.

In 2016, Wi-Fi network covered central Moscow streets, with relevant works started in Tverskaya Street and Tverskoi and Tsvetnoi boulevards. There were 200 hotspots set up for the City Day, with another 910 arranged by the end of the year.

In 2017, city Wi-Fi appeared in culture centres and libraries. With free Wi-Fi, libraries have become not only a place to read books, but also leisure centres to work in co-workings, attend clubs and have a quality time.

Enjoy Wi-Fi hotspots in 200 culture centres (913), 16 museums (392), 13 Moskino cinemas and Eldar Cinema Club and Museum (62) and 334 libraries (about 2,100).

Keep in touch with your friends and family, study, work, plan a vacation, listen to music or watch movies anytime and anywhere in Moscow.



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