Moscow ranks second in the world in terms of Wi-Fi access in public places, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Mayor Yevgeny Kozlov said at the BRICS+ City Lab II colloquium, “Adaptive and Transformative Governance in Metropolises.”
“In particular, free Wi-Fi access is available in all kinds of public transport: metro, buses and so on,” he said.
The MT_FREE network provides internet access in the Moscow Metro, the Moscow Central Ring, ground transit (buses, trolley-buses and trams), trains and the Aeroexpress terminals. It is also available at 450 bus stops, which are located near metro stations, railway stations and platforms, and other popular public places, giving Moscow the largest unified Wi-Fi access zone in Europe. By the end of 2016, commuter trains will also feature free Wi-Fi. Every day, about four million Wi-Fi connections are made on public transit.
Today, Moscow has the fourth largest internet traffic in the world. Ninety-nine percent of coverage is 4G. Over half of the citizens use mobile internet, and 99.4 percent of families have access to high-speed internet.
The BRICS+ City Lab II colloquium, “Adaptive and Transformative Governance in Metropolises,” will bring together the members of BRICS City Lab – experts of the international research community and government representatives from BRICS countries. The event is being held on 7-9 December at the Moscow State University of Management of the Moscow Government.
BRICS+ City Lab II encourages urban labs to step up their search for solutions to acute urban challenges and works to expand cooperation between major cities of BRICS countries and other middle income countries (BRICS+).