Seven years of city Wi-Fi

September 29
Science and innovation

The free public Wi-Fi network in Moscow has been in existence now for seven years. Over this period of time, the city has steadily increased its Wi-Fi coverage and since September 2019 alone more than 1,000 additional access points have been installed all around Moscow. By the end of this year, it is expected to reach 20,500. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin wrote about it via Instagram.

The first wireless hotspot was installed on Frunzenskaya Embankment in 2013 and later on, more were added on other streets in the city centre. Now the Moscow Wi-Fi network is considered one of the largest in the world.

Users can connect to the internet in almost all the main streets, as well as in libraries, parks, student dorms and cinemas. Moreover, along with a stable connection, Moscow also offers a seamless network, so this means that city Wi-Fi can be used continuously while moving around the centre of the city without any re-authorisation required.

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In October 2019, 59 libraries in the capital began to offer wireless internet. It is now available in 364 reading rooms in all districts of Moscow. All visitors can use the network simultaneously and this will not affect the stability of the connection. Each wireless hotspot can be used to download websites at 1 megabit per second or even faster than that. This speed enables the downloading of books, listening to audio books, or watching videos.

Wi-Fi is also available in 203 cultural centres and 17 city museums. Since last November, the network has been available at the Burganov House Museum: 15 access points have been installed in two buildings. According to Department of Information Technology experts, most users connect to the wireless internet at the Manezh Museum and Exhibition Association, the Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve and the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. Exhibition visitors   can download additional information about the exhibits they are viewing or post photos on social media.

Overall, about 4,000 access points function at cultural centres, including the Moskino cinema chain and the Eldar cinema club-museum.

Learn and chat with classmates

A free Wi-Fi network also operates in student dormitories in Moscow. This past summer, hotspots were added in three more buildings of the Russian Medical Academy of Continuing Professional Education. In August, shortly before the academic year began, Wi-Fi speed was increased in 93 dorms.

The operators had to double the bandwidth of the wireless network to provide the students with faster internet, after the management of 23 universities asked for this to be improved, including such places as the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (RUDN), the Russian University of Transport (MIIT), Pushkin State Russian Language Institute and Moscow State Technological University STANKIN to name just a few.

Free internet is now available in 162 buildings of 32 universities. Students can use it to download additional material for their lectures, read digital textbooks and join online classes, as well as chat with their classmates, teachers, friends and family.

Plan city trips and cultural activities

In early September, the operators increased the density of outdoor Wi-Fi coverage in the city centre. About 70 more hotspots were placed on Tverskaya Street and the Boulevard Ring. Users can also go online from Bolshaya Ordynka, Solyanka, Volkhonka, Znamenka and Bolshaya Dmitrovka streets, as well as Pyatnitskaya, Mokhovaya, Tverskaya and other city streets.

Wi-Fi is also available in 42 parks: Sokolniki, Hermitage Garden, Krasnaya Presnya, Fili, Tagansky and others. In addition to all this, wireless internet is now working at the North River Terminal, which reopened on 5 September after an extensive repair job. The central alley running up to the main terminal building now has 15 free Wi-Fi hotspots. Work on expanding the Wi-Fi zone continues; in the future, the network will cover the entire area adjacent to the North River Terminal.

As of now, more than 19,500 access points to an unlimited Wi-Fi network have already been installed in Moscow. During the last two years alone, people around the city have used the network about 200 million times. They can stay in touch while travelling around Moscow. Thanks to free Wi-Fi, people can plan their trips, check public transport schedules or order a taxi, check what’s happening in the cultural world or find a convenient restaurant nearby. Wi-Fi hotspots can be seen on an interactive map on

By the end of this year, 1,000 more access points are to be added throughout Moscow, including 300 within the Garden Ring.

Connecting to city Wi-Fi

A single city Wi-Fi space was created after Moscow established a single network operator. As a result, users can switch between access points while moving around the city without re-authorisation. To use Wi-Fi in public places, they only need to go through the identification procedure once every three months. Identification is required in accordance with the Russian legislation.

To connect to the free city wireless network, users need to select Moscow_WiFi_Free from the list of available networks, open a browser and go through identification using their account or phone number to receive a code. After that, they can log on to the network by clicking the Connect button.


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