March 12, 2009
Application Begins for HOTSPOT WLAN Service on Bullet Trains
TOKYO, JAPAN - NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) announced today that it has begun accepting applications for HOTSPOT™ Express, a wireless local area network (WLAN) service aboard N700 Series cars of the Tokaido Shinkansen (bullet train) between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka, which will start March 14. The service will also be introduced in waiting lounges of all 17 stations along the route.
This will be the first wireless Internet access service on any Shinkansen line in Japan.
HOTSPOT Express will offer maximum downlinks of 2Mbps 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.
Customers who subscribe to HOTSPOT Express within the month of March will have their startup fee of 1,575 yen (including tax) waived and will be charged just 390 yen (including tax) per month until the end of September.
About NTT Communications Corporation
NTT Com delivers high-quality voice, data and IP services to customers around the world. The company is renowned for its diverse information and communication services, expertise in managed networks, hosting and IP networking services, and industry leadership in IPv6 transit technology. The company’s extensive global infrastructure includes Arcstar™ private networks and a Tier 1 IP backbone (connected with major ISPs worldwide), both reaching more than 150 countries, as well as secure data centers in Asia, North America and Europe. NTT Com is the wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, one of the world’s largest telecoms with listings on the Tokyo, London and New York stock exchanges. Please visit www.ntt.com/index-e.html.