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Tele2 Russia Extends Wi-Fi Calling Service to Moscow Metro

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Tele2 Russia has enabled its Wi-Fi calling service in the Moscow Metro, following an agreement with Maxima Telecom, the sole Wi-Fi provider on the city’s transport network. 

Tele2 launched the Wi-Fi Calling service in November last year to allow its subscribers to use mobile services where Wi-Fi connection is active, but where mobile network coverage might be unavailable. The Wi-Fi Calling technology allowed using mobile services over active Wi-Fi connection everywhere except underground stations.

In order to start using the service, the subscriber first has to download the application and activate it on their smartphones which is available on the App Store and Google PlayWhen staying on the metro, the passenger can connect to the WiFi network without authorization and will be able to make phone calls as usual.

Anton Kondratov, Chief Commercial Officer, Tele2 Moscow Microregion
The Wi-Fi Calling allows passengers to stay in touch regardless of the network availability. It is very simple to use the service: with the application downloaded, the subscriber can make and take phone calls as well as send SMS just as usual. Our clients have already had a chance to appreciate the technology’s advantages: in just three months after the launch, the application was loaded by over half a million Muscovites.

Boris Volpe, CEO, Maxisma Telecom 
Over 80% Muscovites regularly use free Wi-Fi service on the Moscow metro. Just as millions of our users, we entirely realize a need to make phone calls available on the metro. 

Ray is The Fast Mode's editor and content director. Ray has covered the wireless industry as a writer for more than 10 years, focusing on technology and business aspects of the telecoms sector. Ray can be reached at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com. Follow Ray at linkedin.com/in/raysharma10

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