Record numbers for WiFi services usage at Russian rail stations

More than half a million newly connected users were registered this summer for the WiFi services in Russia’s rail stations. A total of 2.7 million people have already used the free Internet service at the railway stations. Passengers downloaded 1 MB of data every minute and the volume of information downloaded during this year’s two summer months totalled 30% of the total reached in the two years since the Directorate for Railway Stations at Russian Railways and TransTeleCom launched their joint project to provide passengers with free access to a high-speed Wi-Fi network. Starting from September 2015, travellers at 107 stations with a combined total of more than 380 million passengers annually downloaded more than 1.2 petabytes of data.

In July, Adler railway station held the first place in terms of the number of active users compared to the number of passengers, with more than 17,500 people taking advantage of free Internet access while waiting for their train. The top ten rail stations also included Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk and Anapa.

To use the free Wi-Fi service at stations, passengers only need to register and receive authorisation once. The passenger’s mobile device will then automatically connect to the network at any train station which is incorporated into the unified Wi-Fi network.

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