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VLADIVOSTOK, December 1 (Itar-Tass) ——– Russia’s Russky Island will have new base stations for cell communication, which will be installed along the road connecting the city and the airport, and new bridges crossing the Golden Rog Bay and the Strait of Bosfor Vostochny.
The stations will be ready for the upcoming APEC summit, head of MTS’ branch in the Far East Igor Yegorov told a news conference earlier.
Under the preparation programme for the APEC summit, the MTS company has built six additional base stations and within first six months of the upcoming year, it will construct 25 more stations. The company’s investment in modernization of networks in 2011 made almost 1.6 billion roubles, and the investment in preparations of the networks for the summit exceeds two billion roubles. With the modernization, an average speed of data transfer grew by five times in 2011 to make 2-2.5 Megabit/sec a day, he said.
Vladivostok’s Deputy Head of Administration Maxim Molchanov said that in 2011 MTS organized free Wi-fi access to the Internet in municipal public transport. The city’s plans include free Internet access in 32 more municipal buses and gardens.
Russky Island is located in Peter the Great Bay south of Vladivostok and is separated from the Muravyov-Amursky Peninsula, where most of the city is situated, by the Eastern Bosphorus Strait. In the west, the island is bound by the Amur Bay. In the south and the east, it is bound by the Ussuri Bay. In the north, Russky Island is separated from Popov Island by the Stark Strait. Russky Island has an area of about 100 square kilometres. It is 18 kilometres long and 13 kilometres wide. Its shoreline primarily comprises cliffs and precipices and also features numerous conveniently located harbours, the largest being Novik Harbour. Many hills are located inland. The highest hill towers 291 metres above the sea level. Russky Island was first mentioned in the 18th century. It was mapped on a sea chart in 1723 when the famous French geographer Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon D'Anville made a description of the Far Eastern seas. Large-scale construction projects have been launched on the island pending the 2012 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. The plans include construction of a large international business centre, several hotels, an oceanarium, and the Pacific Science and Education Centre. The latter will comprise several research institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences.