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VIA Rail inks deal with Parsons to implement Wi-Fi service on trains, in stations


VIA Rail Canada Inc. recently signed a five-year agreement under which Parsons Corp. will provide wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) service to all VIA 1 and Comfort class passengers by November 2006.

Parsons will build a private Wi-Fi network to serve passengers, as well as 22 stations and seven Panorama lounges. The system will use satellite and cellular communications, and Wi-Fi technology to access the Internet.

“As the first commercial fleet deployment of on-train Wi-Fi in North America, this value-added service aimed primarily at business travelers and students will provide access to email and the Internet,” said VIA Rail Vice President-Marketing Steve Del Bosco.

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