Over 400 information columns to have free Wi-Fi

February 12, 2018

By late 2018, Moscow will have installed 469 Wi-Fi sharing navigation columns in pedestrian areas, transit hubs and other public spaces. The wireless connection will enable Muscovites to chart the best route or look up transport schedules.

“On Mayor Sergei Sobyanin’s instructions, 469 columns will go online all over the city by late 2018. Of these, 73 will have been installed by late February as part of a pilot programme,” Maxim Liksutov, Deputy Mayor of Moscow and Head of the Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development, said.

Each information point has a map that shows metro exits, and bus and tram stops and routes, bike share stations, major sights, above- and underground pedestrian crossings and shopping malls.

Nearby social centres are also shown, with each map tailored to a particular area of the city.

Free Wi-Fi is available today on 200 streets in the centre of Moscow and at 24 city parks. Every hotspot has a range of 50 metres.

To access the internet, a user will connect to Moscow Wi-Fi-Free, and pass authorization either by entering the login and password of their mos.ru account, or by providing their phone number to receive a text message with a one-time code.

Wireless networks are available under the name MT_Free in the metro, on the Moscow Central Circle, on buses, trams, Aeroexpress trains and at Aeroexpress terminals, and on suburban trains.

Source: mos.ru

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