Moscow, July 13, 2015. — Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation reports that connection to WiFi-network of Moscow underground is available via login and password from the Unified Public Services Portal. Such connection is currently available on two lines of underground: Zamoskvoretskaya and Sokolnicheskaya. Such connection will be soon available on other underground lines.
Login and password from the Unified Public Services Portal is required for connection to WiFi in Moscow underground. In order to get login and password the user have to fix his/her surname, name, mobile number and email on website gosuslugi.ru and approve them with the code that will be delivered via SMS or email. More than 16 million users have already gained login and password from the Unified Public Services Portal.
“User account of the Unified Public Services Portal is becoming a key to a variety of e-services,” said Alexey Kozyrev, “Login and password from the Unified Public Services Portal can be used for personal account of taxpayer, website of Russian Public Initiative and other state information systems. User account will be also valid for the State Information System on Housing and Public Utilities. We want to make login and password from the Unified Public Services Portal a safe electronic identity of citizen for access to important services in Internet.”
Order of users identification for access to WiFi in public places was approved in pursuance of the Federal law №97 on May 5, 2014 “On introducing amendments to the Federal law ‘On information, information technologies and protection of information’ and certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation on coordination of information exchange with the use of information and telecommunication networks.” Draft law was prepared by group of the State Duma members headed by Irina Yarovaya, Chairman of the State Duma Anti-Corruption and Security Committee. It was introduced for consideration by the State Duma with a package of laws on anti-terrorism measures in the middle of January, 2014.
According to the provisions of the law №97 Minsvyaz prepared and coordinated with interested departments (the Federal Security Service and Ministry for Economic Development) amendments to rules of telecom services delivery that were approved by the Governmental decree №758 on July 31, 2014. Telecom operator identifies users via surname, name and patronymic. Operator can choose way of identification: subscriber number, identity document or personal account on the Unified Public Services Portal.