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Maxima Telecom is among the largest telecommunication providers specialized in passengers’ connectivity. In partnership with Moscow Metro, Maxima has been successfully operating the largest passengers connectivity system in in the world, connecting their 9.7 millions daily passengers.
In 2016 St. Petersburg Metro has awarded to Maxima Telecom the project to provide on board WiFi connectivity for the entire metro network in St. Petersburg. For this new project, Maxima selected Fluidmesh train-to-ground wireless technology and Cisco on-board WiFi access points to deliver up to 500 Mbit/sec to the passengers on the move in St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg Metro operates trains over six lines and 67 stations, with annual ridership in excess of 750 millions passengers.
“With its latest product line, Fluidmesh reached performance levels that are hard to beat. We have been impressed by the zero-millisecond hand-over that Fluidmesh demonstrated in complex tunnel scenarios, leveraging their patented protocols.” comments Mikhail Minkovskiy, Maxima CTO “In St. Petersburg with Fluidmesh we are looking for delivering average throughput that is several times the one we have been able to deliver in the past in other cities.”
“We appreciated Fluidmesh customer support capabilities and total commitment to the success of the project” adds Oleg Kopitsyn, Maxima Deputy CEO “In Maxima’s WiFi monetization strategy every Mbit per second of throughput means additional revenues. Fluidmesh showed us a way to improve our business metrics leveraging their patented wireless technology.“
“Maxima has a unique expertise in running train connectivity networks and is a global leader and an innovator in monetizing passengers’ WiFi” comments Umberto Malesci, Fluidmesh CEO and co-founder “Maxima’s decision confirms Fluidmesh’s leadership in train to ground wireless connectivity. One more time Fluidmesh MPLS-based wireless technology proved to deliver superior performances revolutionizing passengers’ experience”.
The first line in St. Petersburg is already equipped with Fluidmesh radio devices and it went live providing WiFi connectivity to passengers on May 30, 2017. The entire system including all the other St. Petersburg lines is expected to go live by the end of the summer.