SBB rules out free Wi-Fi for Swiss trains

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AFP/The Local - [email protected] • 13 May, 2018 Updated Sun 13 May 2018 22:21 CEST
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Switzerland Federal Railways (SBB/CCF) has decided against providing costless Wi-Fi on its trains, saying it is too expensive.

The SBB said a customer survey had shown that most customers would only use Wi-Fi on board if it were free.

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With such a connection only available via the 4G and 3G mobile networks, carriers would charge elevated costs that the SBB was unwilling either to cover itself or include in ticket prices.

Therefore it has decided not to install Wi-Fi, Swiss weekly newspaper Le Matin Dimanche reported.

Instead, the SBB now plans to improve mobile services on trains with the use of so-called repeaters.

This means people hoping to go online with their tablet or laptop will have to connect via their smartphone and pay the associated extra costs themselves.

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The consumer group FRC criticised the decision by the SBB saying it was based on the assumption everyone has an unlimited mobile phone plan.

The SBB does, however, offer free Wi-Fi at 80 stations around the country.

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