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Comstar Starts Offering Wi-Fi Internet Service in Moscow Subway

March 07, 2007

OAO Comstar United Telesystems, Russian billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov's telecommunications company, said it started providing wireless Internet access on three main Moscow subway stations.

Comstar began offering Wireless Fidelity access at the Okhotny Ryad, Teatralnaya and Ploshchad Revolyutsii stations, Comstar said in an e-mailed statement late yesterday. Wi-Fi is a technology used for radio-based home, office and hotel networks.

More than 130,000 people use the stations daily, making them transfer hubs in the subway of Russia's capital, according to the Moscow Metro, which serves about eight million passengers a day. Comstar's Wi-Fi service will only be available on the stations and not on the subway trains.

``The Metro network has a higher concentration of potential users compared to other hot spots,'' Comstar vice president Dmitry Dronov said in the statement.

The service will be available to holders of smart phones and can provide connection for up to 48 users at the same time at 128 kilobits per second. Moscow-based Comstar plans to spread the service to other transfer stations in the Moscow metro and start a similar project in the St. Petersburg metro.

Comstar said Feb. 13 that its number of broadband Internet subscribers in Moscow increased 44 percent in the fourth quarter to 359,895.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lyubov Pronina in Moscow at lpronina@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Lars Klemming at at lklemming@bloomberg.net


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