Ericsson has in partnership with The New Cities Foundation, the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and innovation agency FABERNOVEL studied the level of Internet connectivity across the world’s largest metropolitan underground systems.

Here are the key findings of this study:

More than three quarters of the subway systems surveyed provide some level of Internet access underground, either in stations (73 percent) or on-board trains (58 percent).Mobile broadband is the major Internet access technology underground.The Middle East and Asia Pacific regions are leading the way in getting their subway systems connected – with 100 percent and 91 percent of surveyed underground systems currently offering connectivity, respectively.In Europe, 88 percent of underground metro systems are fully connected, in comparison to 67 percent in North and Latin America and 33 percent in Russia.Over the next one to three years, 68 percent of underground metro systems plan to increase their efforts to extend broadband connectivity in existing stations, andAn estimated 60 percent of metro systems with Wi-Fi connectivity apply Wi-Fi restrictions today, and a slight increase is expected in the coming years.

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