Internet access on trains in Tokyo subways coming soon.

Tokyo Subway trains will start offering a new wireless communication service from around March 2012, giving their passengers access the Internet in moving trains, the two subway operators in the metropolitan area said Yesterday.

The Tokyo metropolitan government and Tokyo Metro Co, a private subway network operator, will cooperate with a broadband service firm, UQ Communications Inc, to install necessary facilities in their entire subway networks.

UQ Communications will foot the bill for the installation of the communication system based on the Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access technology, known as WiMAX.
Currently, cell phone networks are accessible for subway users at stations.
Earlier this year, the Tokyo government and Softbank Corp agreed to provide access to cellphone networks in subway trains by the end of December.


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