Thursday, March 12, 2009

NTT Com to Offer HOTSPOT WLAN Service on Bullet Trains

NTT Com has launched HOTSPOT Express, a wireless local area network (WLAN) service aboard N700 Series cars of the Tokaido Shinkansen (bullet train) between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka. The service will also be introduced in waiting lounges of all 17 stations along the route. This is the first wireless Internet access service on any Shinkansen line in Japan.

HOTSPOT Express will offer maximum downlinks of 2 Mbps per each 16-coach bullet train for any IEEE 802.11b/g-compatible PC, smartphone or other mobile device. The monthly charge will be 819 yen (including tax).

HOTSPOT Express subscribers may also use NTT Com's other HOTSPOT service area, covering more than 4,000 fixed locations nationwide, on a temporary basis without subscription for 315 yen (tax included) per day.

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