Tokyo subways to offer Internet access on trains
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 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.