Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) awarded a contract for in-Building Solutions (iBS) to ACES India Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of Riyadh-based ACES Co. for providing telecom infrastructure for Mumbai Metro Line-3. This will now ensure uninterrupted mobile & internet connectivity for passengers while commuting on Aqua Line.
Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL), awarded a contract for In-Building Solutions for providing telecom infrastructure for Metro Line-3. ACES India Private Limited, a subsidiary of Riyadh-based ACES Co., emerged as the winning bidder. This will now ensure uninterrupted mobile and internet connectivity during commute on Aqua Line.
ACES India implemented In-Building Solutions at Bangalore Airport and Surat Diamond Bourse. The licence fee realised per station is approximately 2.5 times of any other metro line in India.
Why MMRCL focusing on in-Building Solutions (iBS):
Since Mumbai Metro Line-3 is entirely underground, with station concourses at 10-14 m below ground and platforms at depths of 18-20 m below ground; mobile network and internet propagation is a significant challenge.
To address this issue and ensure mobile and internet access to commuters during the journey, MMRCL planned to deploy cellular coverage from mobile service providers such as Jio, Vodafone, Airtel and MTNL. This will be achieved through In-Building Solutions, by installing antennas and repeaters within underground stations and tunnels.
Ms. Ashwini Bhide, Managing Director, MMRCL remarked, “The non-fare box revenue generated by Metro Line-3 through this initiative is highest in India. This In-Building Solutions initiative will ensure passengers enjoy uninterrupted mobile and internet connectivity during their commute on the underground Metro Line-3.”
Mr. R. Ramana, Director (Planning & Real Estate Development/ NFBR), MMRCL expressed his delight at achieving the highest annual premium in the country to date for In-Building Solutions. He believes this endeavour will significantly support Metro Line-3 operations and enhance the overall commuter experience.
Source: MMRCL- Press Release | Images Credit: MMRCL