MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): – Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) awarded a contract for In-Building Solutions to provide telecom infrastructure for Metro Line 3. ACES India Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of Riyadh-based ACES Co., emerged as the winning bidder. It will now ensure uninterrupted mobile and internet connectivity to the commuters on Aqua Line.
Since Mumbai Metro Line 3 is entirely underground, with station concourses at 10-14 m below ground and platforms at 18-20 m below ground, mobile network and internet propagation is a significant challenge. MMRC planned to deploy cellular coverage from mobile service providers such as Jio, Vodafone, Airtel and MTNL to address this issue and ensure mobile and internet access to commuters during the journey. It will be achieved through In-Building Solutions by installing antennas and repeaters within underground stations and tunnels.
ACES India implemented In-Building Solutions at Bangalore Airport and Surat Diamond Bourse. The license fee realised per station is approximately 2.5 times of any other metro line in India.
Ms. Ashwini Bhide, Managing Director, MMRC, 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 while commuting on the underground Metro Line 3.”
Mr R. Ramana, Director (Planning & Real Estate Development/ NFBR), MMRC, 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 commuter experience.
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