Tencent, Geely team up with China Railway to provide train wifi

2018-06-08 08:53:29
Summary:BEIJING - China's internet giant Tencent and carmaker Geely won a joint bid Wednesday to obtain 49 percent s...

BEIJING - China's internet giant Tencent and carmaker Geely won a joint bid Wednesday to obtain 49 percent stake in a subsidiary of China Railway providing wifi on high-speed trains across China.

Tencent Holdings Ltd and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group will collaborate with the High Speed Network Technology Company, set up in late 2017 by State-owned China Railway Corporation, to provide wifi solutions and online services on high-speed trains.

Wifi access is already available on China's new-generation Fuxing bullet trains on the Shanghai-Beijing line.

The companies will increase the number of wifi hotspots throughout the high-speed rail network and develop an online platform that offers ticketing, shopping, tourism and catering services, according to a Geely statement.

China has the world's longest high-speed rail network. The country is expected to have 38,000 km of high-speed rail tracks by 2025.

In 2017, a total of 3.04 billion passenger trips were made on railways, and more than 56 percent of those trips were made on high-speed railways.


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