The company “VympelCom” has decided to shut down its network of free outdoor Wi-Fi in Moscow. Dismantling of equipment (such as hot spots, placed on the facades and roofs) will commence on July 10, reports “Interfax” with reference to the statement of the representative of the company Anna Aybasheva.
According to her, the company has found a more profitable way of optimizing” outdoor Wi-Fi assets in Moscow “with minimal risk for future relations with landlords” in comparison with the sale of assets to third parties. The number of points that will be subject to dismantling, the company did not disclose. Ibysheva noted that VimpelCom is considering different options for disposal of equipment, including a ransom payment dismantling.
The decision to dismantle street Wi-Fi network, the representative of “VimpelCom” explained the reduction in the number of customers using this service, ten times.
“Given the level of penetration of bundled tariffs in Moscow already exceeds 40%, the presence of a free outdoor Wi-Fi ceased to create some additional value for the customers. Over the past year the number of customers using free on-street Wi-Fi has dropped by more than 10 times. The quality of the services was not always guaranteed,” explained Ibysheva.