Over 100,000 people used free Wi-Fi inside the Garden Ring during the New Year holidays. They communicated with their friends using messenger networks, congratulated relatives over video hookups, downloaded online navigation maps, music as well as videos. People on Tverskaya Street, Manezhnaya Square and Rozhdestvenka Street accessed Wi-Fi networks most often.
“From 31 December to 8 January, people downloaded over six terabytes of traffic. Internet users were most active on 1 January when they downloaded about 640 gigabytes of data from various websites and apps. Each user spent an average of 24 minutes online. People walked about central Moscow a lot, with 1.1 million using hot spots on city streets,” sources at the Department of Information Technology noted.
Most often, people used Google and Apple interfaces for downloading games, music, books and films. The Facebook social network placed third in terms of popularity, followed by the Yandex browser plus Yandex.Maps.
The ten most popular resources also included the WhatsApp and Viber messengers, the Instagram and VKontakte social networks and the YouTube video-hosting.
Here is a list of the ten most popular Wi-Fi locations used:
- Tverskaya Street
- Manezhnaya Square
- Rozhdestvenka Street
- Myasnitskaya Street
- Nikolskaya Street
- Okhotny Ryad Street
- Arbat Street
- Kuznetsky Most Street
- Malaya Dmitrovka Street
- Petrovka Street.
The city offers free Wi-Fi on 200 streets in central Moscow and in 24 parks. Each hot spot receives signals within a 50-metre radius. Those wishing to switch hot spots do not need to repeat authorisation. Today, there are 1,100 hot spots in central districts, and their number is set to increase. The Wi-Fi network’s density will increase, making it possible to eliminate white spots where there is no Wi-Fi.
People wishing to access free Wi-Fi should choose the Moscow WiFi Free network among accessible networks, open the browser and receive authorisation. This can be done using a mos.ru account or text messages. Mos.ru users should enter their login and password, or they should list their phone numbers, subsequently receiving text messages with codes.