Tokyo subways offer Internet access on trains
Starting March 2012, Tokyo subways are now offering a new wireless communication service, enabling their passengers to exchange text messages and access the Internet in moving trains.
The Tokyo metropolitan government and Tokyo Metro Co., a private subway network operator, are cooperating with a broadband service firm, UQ Communications Inc., to install necessary facilities in their entire subway network.
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, only cellphone 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.