Passengers can use free Internet service for work and entertainment in 17 railway carriages.
On 1 March 2011, GYSEV launched free public Internet service to passengers of IC carriages travelling on the Budapest-Sopron line. The public procurement tender to select a mobile operator for the service was won by Telenor.
GYSEV Ltd. offers free Internet service to passengers in 17 carriages travelling on the Budapest-Sopron line. On 12 November 2010, GYSEV announced a call for bids for the service. Bidders included Magyar Telekom Plc and Telenor Hungary Plc. The public procurement tender was won by Telenor that agreed to operate the service for HUF 6,354,000 for two years instead of the initial estimate of HUF 8,000,000.
The launch of the innovative solution unseen in Hungarian railway history was announced by Ilona Dávid, Chairman-CEO of GYSEV Ltd., Christopher Laska, recently appointed Chairman-CEO of Telenor Hungary Plc, and Zoltán Schváb, Deputy State Secretary in charge of transport of the Ministry of National Development, at a press conference today.
The railway company wanted to deploy GSM-based unlimited wireless Internet service offering the highest data transmission rates in its passenger carriages to make train travel more comfortable.
“GYSEV Ltd. implemented technical reconstruction projects at a value of about HUF 49 bn last year and it keeps expanding its service portfolio to better respond to consumer needs. There is a global trend on passenger trains to launch new services and provide broadband Internet access to passengers. The European Union is committed to encouraging European car users to switch to public transport such as train. Besides offering entertainment, smooth Internet access also enables commuters to work while on the train”, said Ilona Dávid, CEO of GYSEV Ltd.
“GYSEV is pioneering public Internet services in Hungary, and I’m very proud that Telenor was granted the contract to implement this forward-looking project. We are committed to growing the number of Internet users continuously and promoting Internet usage in Hungary. We believe that doing so we can contribute to eliminating digital illiteracy and improving the competitiveness of Hungary in the long run. Providing broadband Internet access to passengers of GYSEV carriages offers an excellent opportunity for Telenor to strengthen this ambition”, added Christopher Laska, CEO of Telenor.
GYSEV RailNet© is Hungary’s first free public Internet service for rail passengers.
Telenor.hu Press release