RADWIN and MaximaTelecom, operator of the largest worldwide Wi-Fi network onboard Moscow Metro, today announced results of RADWIN’s recently-launched Next Generation Train-to-Ground solution. RADWIN’s new platform delivered 500Mbps actual Ethernet throughput onboard Moscow Metro Line 11 (Kakhovskaya), setting a new benchmark in the industry.

The Wi-Fi network deployed by MaximaTelecom and RADWIN in the Moscow Metro system has been operational for almost three years, providing internet access to up to 2.5 million commuters daily, who generate traffic of up to 70TB each day. The Wi-Fi network spans over 650 trains along 660km of tracks and tunnels.

The constant growth in network traffic and the need to support multiple services and additional applications, such as HD streaming for passengers and CCTV onboard trains, necessitated a network upgrade. Using RADWIN’s Next Generation Train-to-Ground solution, MaximaTelecom was able to demonstrate up to 500Mbps of net Ethernet throughput per train that will support a wide range of existing and future applications.

Mikhail Minkovskiy, MaximaTelecom CTO, said: "Moscow Metro is one of the largest and most complex underground communication networks in the world. Today, more than 80% of Moscow’s citizens are using Wi-Fi onboard the metro and receiving continuous high-speed service thanks to RADWIN’s high-performance robust solution. We have been working with RADWIN since the establishment of this massive network, and together we are pushing the boundaries of technology."

Nir Hayzler, RADWIN’s VP and head of strategic industries line of business, said: "Our new Train-to-Ground solution, which enables up to 500Mbps user throughput, is based on 1Gbps air-rate capable technology, especially tailored to provide high, consistent performance in the challenging scenarios of fast moving trains and metros, above and underground."

FiberinMotion® Next Generation Train-to-Ground Solution Highlights:

  • High capacity: 500Mbps net Ethernet throughput per base station or mobile unit
  • Extensive coverage: up to 1km underground / 5Km above ground
  • Supporting train speeds of up to 350km/h / 220mph (To be extended to 500km/h)
  • Seamless handover
  • Multi-band radio operating in 4.9GHz to 6.0GHz
  • Compliant with strict railway standards including EN50155, EN61373, EN50121 and IEC 60571