Deutsche Bahn to outfit more regional trains with free Wi-Fi

Thursday 7 December 2017 | 14:49 CET | News

Deutsche Bahn will begin offering free Wi-Fi on many of its regional trains in the states of Lower Saxony and Bremen as of this weekend, reported German daily Die Welt. Regional express trains between Hannover, Bremen and Norddeich and from Bremerhaven to Osnabrueck and Hannover via Bremen, as well as trains on the regional line between Braunschweig and Salzgitter will be the first to receive internet, said Deutsche Bahn. Additional regional train routes in the northern Harz foreland will gradually be equipped with Wi-Fi. 

Metronom trains controlled by Lower Saxony, Bremen and Hamburg will offer free Wi-Fi from the end of 2018 onward following a “major overhaul” of these cars, said State Public Transit Authority (LNVG) for Lower Saxony. The S-Bahn network in the city of Hannover will not be equipped with Wi-Fi until 2021.

The LNVG is assuming “the lion’s shares” of the cost of these upgrades to Deutsche Bahn’s trains by investing EUR 1.5 million, according to Die Welt. Other co-financiers in addition to Deutsche Bahn include the state government of Bremen, the region of Hannover and the regional association for the greater Braunschweig area. 

Until recently, free Wi-Fi was only available on Deutsche Bahn's long-distance ICE trains. The company began rolling out free Wi-Fi on its regional train network in other parts of Germany earlier this year, including a number of train lines in the North Rhine-Westphalia area. 

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