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Riders Can Apply for UQ WiMAX on Narita Express Trains - Also Available at 19 Japanese Airports

Riders Can Apply for UQ WiMAX on Narita Express Trains - Also Available at 19 Japanese Airports

JR's Narita Express "E259" Train. Photo: JR East

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Since February 25, Minato Ward, Tokyo-based UQ Communications Inc. has been taking applications for its high-speed wireless data transmission service, UQ WiMAX, on the Narita Express connecting Narita Airport with downtown Tokyo.

Previously, joining the service required one to apply in advance for the Wi-Fi (wireless LAN) option, but now customers can apply using the Wi-Fi environment in the rail line’s E259 series trains. Customers do not enter into a contract for UQ WiMAX, but now they can quickly apply online and open a connection when they need high-speed internet access while traveling on urgent business. One can use a PC or other device with a Wi-Fi connection feature without the need for a WiMAX Express Card or other special piece of hardware. The usage fee is 600 yen per day or 380 to 4,980 yen per month (total of basic usage fee and transmission fee).

UQ Communications has already been taking applications through the same sort of Wi-Fi environment in public spaces and airline lounges at 19 Japanese airports including New Chitose, Chubu International and Fukuoka. The company will gradually add more compatible areas and increase convenience for airport visitors.

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