Tokyo Yamonte Train Net
Tokyo’s Yamanote train line has launched Train Net – an information service for use on smartphones via the on-board ‘train net’ Wi-Fi network. Japan Rail has partnered with electronics company Mitsubishi to roll out the service as a trial.
Train Net provides entertainment and train information on one of Tokyo’s busiest lines. Users can also download web magazines and manga comics to read during their journey.
This is the first time Tokyo’s trains have offered on-board Wi-Fi, although travellers can only use this particular service, and will not be able to browse other websites. We expect to see more urban transport Wi-Fi projects with corporate involvement, such as Chinese company Huawei's bid to install a mobile network on London’s underground in 2012.