Russian firm to invest $100 m to offer free Wi-Fi in metro stations

S Ronendra Singh New Delhi | Updated on January 04, 2020 Published on January 04, 2020

Commuters using mobile phones connected to the free Wi-Fi facility inside train coaches on the Delhi Airport Line   -  -

Maxima Digital has begun project for Delhi Metro

Russia-based technology firm Maxima Digital is investing $100 million over the next two years to provide free Wi-Fi in India’s metro stations and coaches.

The company has been working with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) over the past three or four months to offer free high-speed Wi-Fi services on metro trains — a first in India.

Right now, the service covers all stations and trains that ply the Airport Express Line that connects New Delhi Railway Station and Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport. “The total investment for the whole DMRC network will not exceed $100 million over the next two years. We have around 12 people and (they) will be managing the Wi-Fi services, too,” Farhad Rustamov, Maxima’s CEO, told BusinessLine.

Vodafone Idea and Sify are the two major partners for the Wi-Fi services, which will offer a minimum speed of 15 Mbps of speed going up to 70 Mbps, said Rustamov. Maxima is also working with several mid- and large-cap companies in India.

The company, along with Techno Sat Comm India, has formed a consortium and tied up with DMRC to provide free high-speed Wi-Fi services on metro trains. “Till now we have set up Wi-Fi in 51 stations of the Blue Line, six stations and eight trains of the Orange Line (100 per cent complete) and we hope that in the next five weeks people can enjoy free Wi-Fi in Yellow Line stations, too,” Rustamov said.

Other cities

Once the DMRC project is done, over the next year, the company will be working with other metro projects such as in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai, he added.

Published on January 04, 2020
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