MaximaTelecom selects Fluidmesh Train-to-Ground Technology for system refresh in Moscow Metro

Fluidmesh wireless technology is being deployed in Moscow to provide a world class Internet experience to the passengers of one of the largest metro networks in the world. MaximaTelecom, the world’s biggest public transport WiFi operator, recently chose Fluidmesh MPLS-based train-to-ground technology to enhance the current on-board WiFi system and increase the Train-to-Ground throughput. The technology refresh will involve all fourteen metro lines in Moscow.

Moscow Metro is among the largest and busiest metro systems in the world. It operates 14 different lines, a network of 440 Km of tracks, more than 260 stations, 5700 train cars, and sees ridership that exceeds 9 million passengers per day.

Fluidmesh was able to demonstrate a seamless handoff with no packet loss, no matter the speed of the train, and superior throughput to other technologies available in the marketplace – providing four to five times the throughput compared to the current system deployed in Moscow. Fluidmesh technology also allowed for extended spacing between track-side base stations, minimizing both the operational complexity and total cost of ownership (TCO) of the wireless communication system. Leveraging Fluidmesh AI-based technology, the Train-to-Ground wireless network provides throughput, latency, and availability to support not only WiFi traffic but also on board 4G/LTE small cells to provide voice and data connectivity to the subscribers of one of the leading Russian telcos.

MaximaTelecom in Moscow

MaximaTelecom is a digitalization operator for public transportation focused on providing WiFi and connectivity on mass transit vehicles. Maxima deployed a complex on-board WiFi system in Moscow in 2013 and recently entered into a new agreement with Moscow Metro to refresh the technology in order to improve the performances of the system.

More than 2 million clients connect to the MaximaTelecom MT_FREE free Wi-Fi network in Moscow Metro daily. In 2018 the volume of data traffic has grown by 20% YoY.  As more and more data is consumed, more throughput is required. As a consequence, Maxima moved forward selecting a new technology to perform a full system refresh that is starting in June and that is expected to be completed by February 2020.

“We have been very impressed by Fluidmesh technology and customer service during the project in St. Petersburg a couple of years ago,” — comments Mikhail Minkovskiy, Maxima CTO. “After the great success in St. Petersburg, Fluidmesh was our natural choice when Moscow Metro requested us to refresh the system to enhance performances. We are excited to deploy the first line using Fluidmesh wireless technology in September. We expect to immediately provide a tangible improvement in performances to the passengers and commuters using the system every day,” — concludes Mr. Minkovskiy.

Why Fluidmesh?

“Fluidmesh proved to be the ideal solution for a massive deployment like Moscow Metro, where both scalability and network performances are critical at all times,” — commented Umberto Malesci, Fluidmesh CEO and co-founder. “We are proud to provide our technology to Moscow Metro and continue our long term partnership with MaximaTelecom who is a clear global leader in this space.”