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China trials free WiFi service on train

glassy wifi symbolPassengers on board Train No. T809 from Guangzhou, China’s third largest city, to Hong Kong enjoyed free wireless network access today (Friday), according to ChinaDaily Europe, marking the inauguration of the first WiFi access service on the Chinese railway network.

The other 23 trains serving the route will also be fitted with the equipment to provide the service soon. After installation there will be a trial service period of three months before the service is launched officially.

The equipment on the train is able to provide WiFi for up to 1,000 passengers at a time.

It is not known whether there will be a charge for the service once it is officially launched.