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Free Wi-Fi comes aboard Southeastern trains

by Fred Latty

Free Wi-Fi comes aboard Southeastern trains

A progressive roll-out is expected to be completed by June

Today marks the start of Southeastern passengers enjoying free Wi-Fi on their morning commute. The new complimentary service, which is being progressively rolled out, comes as part of a £78million investment programme to improve passengers’ experience, with two thirds of the operator’s 392-strong fleet of trains already fitted, and the remainder set to be completed by June.

Over the next few months, each and every train unit in Southeastern’s fleet – Metro, Mainline and High Speed – is being progressively fitted with the system, which can be used across the provider’s network in Kent, Sussex and South East London. The on-board connectivity comes courtesy of wireless internet provider Icomera, with a daily free usage allowance of 50MB per passenger.

While the Wi-Fi isn’t designed for streaming films or TV programmes, it can be used on all Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones and tablets for emails, internet browsing and social media, by connecting to ‘Southeastern_WiFi’ in available networks.

Engineering director Mark Johnson said: “We’re thrilled to provide this free Wi-Fi for our passengers. We know that this is what they’ve been asking for, so our engineers have worked day and night to install the system.”

To find out more, head to www.southeasternrailway.co.uk