Lithuanian Railways has launched free access to the Internet for passengers travelling on Vilnius – Kaunas route. There is no limitations on the speed and the amount of data that can be downloaded. The on-board wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) connection operates on the basis of the 4G Internet of Omnitel.
The launch of Wi-Fi on all trains between Vilnius and Kaunas in the mid-summer immediately attracted the interest of passengers – in just a few weeks after the launch of the first train, passengers transmitted (downloaded and uploaded) nearly 1 TB of data.
“Upon combining mobile communication and Wi-Fi technologies, we installed high-speed Internet access on trains without any technological divide. Having just boarded the train, passengers will be able to connect to the secure Wi-Fi network of the train without having to enter any password and to remain, free of charge, within the coverage of the high-speed Internet”, said Andrius Šemeškevičius, Chief Technology Officer at Teo and Omnitel.
“We take care of the comfort of our passengers and constantly improve the quality of their travel. In early summer we offered wireless Internet on new trains running on the route Vilnius–Klaipėda–Vilnius, and now we provide unlimited Internet access during the time of travel by train on the most popular route Vilnius–Kaunas–Vilnius”, said Andrius Petrušis, Director of Sales and Marketing Department of Passenger Transportation Directorate of Lithuanian Railways.
According to the data of the European Commission, 96.7 per cent of Lithuanian Internet users connect to the Internet at least once a week, which is above the European Union’s average. The wide spread of the Internet in the country is contributed to not only by well-developed mobile and fiber-optic networks, but also by the wide availability of public Wi-Fi access.
According to the data of the Communications Regulatory Authority of the Republic of Lithuania, last year the number of subscribers using Internet access services via Wi-Fi increased by nearly 11 per cent over the year.