NTT Communications Corp announced Thursday 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 on Saturday. 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 Coms 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.© JCN