Subway systems have been springing up in China’s cities over the past decade, and this has not been limited to larger cities like Shanghai and Beijing. Other cities are rapidly expanding transportation and technology infrastructure. Hangzhou will soon be opening a new subway, and they will apparently be adding 4G service to the mix.
According to the report, Hangzhou has already installed 4G services throughout its subway system, which will soon open to the public. Using “Mifi” technology, the 4G signal will be converted to Wifi for common use by mobile customers on the train. Speeds range from 20-40Mbps for smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices. A quick speed test showed that a 800Mb HD movie only took 2 minutes to download.
The catch is that the service is currently limited to China Mobile users, which is a bit of a disappointment. The Internet is 80 yuan ($12) for the most basic services, though it requires a 500 yuan ($80) deposit to gain initial access to 4G Mifi. The deposit lasts for 2 years and will be refunded in full at the end of the period.
Hangzhou recently became China’s first city to introduce free Wifi services.
Source: Sina Tech