Free WiFi on Frecciarossa until February 28. Ferrovie dello Stato and Telecom Italia have in fact extended the promotion providing free online browsing to passengers who have registered on the onboard portal, which was originally valid until yesterday. Passengers on Frecciarossa trains on the – Naples High Speed rail link will thus be able to enjoy free WiFi for another month and a half.
To use the free WiFi service, passengers must simply log on to the onboard portal and input their mobile phone numbers in order to receive their WiFi access credentials via SMS. Passengers without an Italian mobile phone number may obtain their credentials by registering on the portal for the symbolic fee of €0.01, which will be charged to their credit cards .
The combined efforts of the FS Group and Telecom Italia have produced a marked improvement of communications services aboard Frecciarossa trains: from the telephone service to the availability of data connections via USB dongle, to the innovative WiFi connection that enables passengers to browse the Internet and that will soon also provide access to a host of high-quality content aboard the trains. To achieve this goal, the entire fleet of 60 Frecciarossa trains was equipped with UMTS radio signal boosters and WiFi access points in each carriage. The UMTS mobile infrastructure has also been upgraded through the installation of 74 new 3G connectivity nodes, which have extended network coverage and capacity along the approximately 1000 KM of High Speed lines, including no less that 82 tunnels.
Rome, January 13, 2010