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New HK - mainland China train wi-fi service

MIS Asia writers | March 21, 2011
High-speed service expands PCCW Hong Kong wif-fi hotspots.

SINGAPORE, 21 MARCH 2011 - Hong Kong's major telecommunications provider PCCW has introduced the first wi-fi service on the double-decker train service between Guangzhou and Kowloon.

The PCCW wi-fi pass for KTT passengers costs HK$28 for wi-fi access in one single journey. Travellers can buy the pass online through the PCCW wi-fi login page which they can access via PCCW wi-fi hotspots on a KTT train or at the through train departure hall of MTR Hung Hom station.

In an official announcement, PCCW said the new wi-fi service will enable KTT travellers to have high-speed wireless broadband connectivity throughout their journey.

As Hong Kong's largest wi-fi service provider, PCCW provides wi-fi coverage at more than 8,000 hotspots throughout Hong Kong, including convenience stores, coffee shops, key MTR stations, Airport Express stations and trains, the airport, shopping malls, PCCW phone kiosks, universities and other institutions of tertiary education.

The KTT inter-city railway service is operated jointly by the MTR Corporation of Hong Kong and the Ministry of Railways of the People's Republic of China. Services operate along the East Rail Line within Hong Kong territory, crossing the Hong Kong-China border at Lo Wu and continues along the Guangshen railway in Guangdong province.

Continuing innovation

"The extension of PCCW's wi-fi service to the Guangzhou-Kowloon Through Train follows the expansion of wi-fi hotspots at all MTR Airport Express trains in 2008, a landmark achievement as coverage on a railway that has underground sections was unprecedented in the Asia Pacific at the time."

 "With the PCCW wi-fi service, travellers will be able to stay connected to the Internet anytime, anywhere on the KTT train and in the through train departure hall and platforms of MTR Hung Hom station, via wi-fi enabled devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones," the statement said.

The KTT train for the Guangzhou-Kowloon Through Train service runs between Guangzhou East and Hung Hom railway stations daily with six double-deck KTT trains a day. A one-way journey takes around one hour 50 minutes.

PCCW's managing director of consumer group, Tom Chan, said the cooperation with MTR demonstrated PCCW's commitment to continuously expanding wi-fi hotspot coverage in Hong Kong.

"This expansion enables our customers to stay connected with wireless broadband service on the Guangzhou-Kowloon Through Train and meets the needs of an increasing number of travellers using wi-fi enabled gadgets such as smartphones and tablets," Chan said.




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