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Station WiFi to the Rescue …

(19 May 2022, BWCS Staff)
Nearly 3,000 stranded passengers on two Indian Railways trains have been helped by an emergency use of RailTel’s WiFi at stations service. The travellers became stuck on board the Guwahati Express and the Guwahati-Silchar Express trains, after floods hit the area and wiped-out mobile connections. In response, RailTel suspended the OTP needed to connect a mobile phone to the WiFi system, effectively allowing emergency use.  Following a “complete breakdown” of mobile networks in the region RailTel, a company spun-off from Indian Railways, made the special arrangements......

SpaceX Lands Planes Deal - Lines up Trains

(22 Apr 2022, BWCS Staff)
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has signed its first deal with an airline to provide in-flight WiFi supplied by the Starlink satellite network. The US company is currently vying with rivals to provide high-speed internet to commercial passenger jets and has publicly stated its intention to target trains next. The deal is to equip Starlink terminals on around 100 JSX “semi private” jets. Neither partner would disclose the financial terms. However, SpaceX has also said that its equipment is in trials with Delta Airlines and that Musk’s company has applied to have its kit certified......

Vodafone Joins Deutsche Bahn in Fight to Cover German Rail Network

(20 Apr 2022, BWCS Staff)
Mobile phone giant Vodafone has teamed up with German train operator to increase 4G signals across all major Inter-City Express routes. Together the pair plan to work to eliminate the remaining “grey zones” on the German rail network. Under the terms of the agreement, Vodafone says it will add sufficient infrastructure for passengers to experience mobile data speeds of up to 225mbps along 7,800km of track by mid-2025 at the latest. The mobile company will also activate its 5G network along important ICE and IC routes. Last summer, Deutsche Bahn signed a similar deal with......

Rail Innovation Money Put Up for Grabs

(13 Apr 2022, BWCS Staff)
UK Rail Minister, Wendy Morton, has officially launched this year’s First of a Kind competition designed to attract innovative technology to the rail sector. The Government has put £7.6 million up for grabs aimed at encouraging new ideas in the fields of improving the passenger experience and decarbonisation. The competition, which will run from 20th April to the 8th of June, is hoping to attract bids from organisations of all sizes, which are working on projects aimed at creating a greener, more cost-effective and passenger focused railway. Last year 33 projects received......

Discount Offer for Early Booking at Traincomms 2022

(12 Apr 2022, BWCS Staff)
We hope that you will be joining us at this year’s WiFi on Trains Conference – Traincomms 2022? Many of the tickets have already been sold and we very much look forward to seeing everyone in person again. This year we will have more train operators than ever, attending and speaking. Speakers will include: Network Rail – discussing plans to partner with suppliers to improve national trackside coverage. DB Regio – outlining plans to use WiFi to entice passengers back onto trains and to learn from interacting with their 1.9 billion commuters in Germany. Amtrak......

Full Programme Now Ready for this Year’s Traincomms Conference

(06 Apr 2022, BWCS Staff)
The full list of speakers for this year’s WiFi on Trains Conference – Traincomms 2022 is now ready. The programme can be downloaded here www.Traincomms.com . The Conference, which will feature the largest number of train operators ever, is back and is set to be bigger, better and fully in-person. It will take place in London on the 12th and 13th of October and you can book your place now at  http://www.traincomms.com/book1.cfm . Traincomms 2022 will feature major networking opportunities across two days. To reserve your ticket, at the discounted early bird rate, please......

Station WiFi Spreading – as Waterloo Joins the Pack

(04 Apr 2022, BWCS Staff)
Network Rail has launched fast free WiFi at London’s Waterloo Station. Working with partners GlobalReach Technology and Telent, NR has now installed passenger internet access across 19 UK major, mainline train stops.   The connections, which can be picked up again seamlessly at any of NR’s managed mainline stations, are provided across Waterloo’s sprawling array of concourses, platforms, forecourts, taxi ranks and mezzanine floors. Station WiFi is spreading rapidly across the rail world, with India currently leading the way. Last week, RailTel - the privatised......

Passengera to Supply WiFi to Riders on the Riyadh Metro

(25 Mar 2022, BWCS Staff)
Czech supplier Passengera has announced it will be supplying passenger WiFi services on the Riyadh Metro. The brand new, six-line, 85 station, train system, currently under construction in the Saudi capital, will serve a population of over 8 million residents. Passengera will be handling the digitisation of the passenger experience – adding WiFi on board, monetising channels and providing a management and monitoring suite. The Prague-based supplier has won several substantial projects over the past few years and it recently reported an order book of some US$10 million. Not......

Mumbai Trains Start Free On-Board Infotainment Services

(14 Feb 2022, BWCS Staff)
India’s Central Railway Division in Mumbai has started offering commuters free on-board entertainment services. So far, only ten out of the 165 trains have been kitted out with the necessary routers. Central Railway operates 1020 daily services throughout the metropolitan region of Mumbai, which is home to 23 million people. The operator, one of 18 railway divisions across the sub-continent, said that work is under way on covering the remaining trains which should be offering the service soon. “The commuters of Mumbai Division, Central Railway will now be able to avail an......

Satellite – No Longer Pie in the Sky for On-Train WiFi?

(11 Feb 2022, BWCS Staff)
Satellite, once one of the contenders as a main channel for delivery of broadband to trains, appears to be making something of a come-back in the train-to-shore connectivity stakes. A consortium, led by Canadian professional services giant CGI, is currently working with on-train connectivity specialist Icomera, the UK’s  Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency (ESA) to demonstrate a hybrid satellite and terrestrial communications network for use on trains. The Satellites for Digitalisation of Railways (SODOR) project......

Through the Looking Glass – Swiss Company Cuts the Need for On-Train Repeaters?

(10 Feb 2022, BWCS Staff)
A Swiss technology company says it can make train windows permeable to mobile communications without the need to replace them. Nu Glass, which is a spin-off from the Swiss Federal University of Technology, claims its new portable laser system can transform a train pane in 15 minutes and enable 4G and 5G signals to better connect with on-board devices – thereby eliminating the need for costly on-board repeaters. A spokesperson for the company confirmed that researchers have recently successfully tested the system on a Swiss train. Nu glass, says it has effectively produced a mobile......

Budget Boost for Deutsche Bahn as Head Vows WiFi Improvement

(04 Feb 2022, BWCS Staff)
German train operator Deutsche Bahn is to invest a record sum this year amid vows from its CEO to also offer  better on-board connections. Company chief, Richard Lutz, said that his company will strive to improve mobile signals and WiFi on board the trains. “We must and will, get better.” He said. Together with the federal and regional governments, the transport company will invest €13.6 billion (US$15.4 billion) in rail services and infrastructure in 2022. The main target is to help decarbonise transport in Germany and the money, some €900 million more than the......

Major Data Centre Deal Signed to Support Tube Connectivity Roll Out

(28 Jan 2022, BWCS Staff)
BAI Communications has signed a multi-million pound data centre deal with BT. The move marks a major step forward for its project to provide 4G and 5G mobile coverage across the entire London Underground by the end of 2024. BAI has a 20 year concession from TfL to provide a neutral host system offering connectivity throughout the Tube tunnels, as well as across all stations. Last year, EE and Three became the first two UK mobile operators to sign up to partner with BAI to offer passengers the chance to use their phones whilst underground in the capital. It is expected that Vodafone and......

New Canadian Trains Get Ten-Year WiFi Deal with Icomera

(24 Jan 2022, BWCS Staff)
Icomera has signed a ten-year managed services contract with Canadian long-distance train operator, VIA Rail. Under the terms of the deal, the UK/Swedish subsidiary of EQUANS will deploy and operate improved WiFi services on the fleet of 32 new passenger trains set to run on the Canadian company’s busiest sections of track. Icomera says it will lead the development of the passenger WiFi service to be deployed on the newly-built Siemens trains coming into operation this year. The fleet will operate mainly along the Québec City-Windsor corridor. In addition, Icomera will participate in......

Major RFP Issued for On-board Content on Over 2,000 Trains

(14 Jan 2022, BWCS Staff)
RailTel Corporation has issued a Request for Proposals to provide an on-board entertainment service on over 2,000 trains in India. The company said that it will examine bids in the first quarter of this year. The full RFP provides functional and technical requirements for providing a Content on Demand Service on the trains and at all 6,072 WiFi-enabled railway stations throughout India. To obtain a copy of the full document, please e-mail Ross.Parsons@BWCS.com . RailTel, now a private company, but, until last year, a subsidiary of Indian Railways, is responsible for the RailWire......

Impressive Investment in Polish Trains will see WiFi Everywhere

(12 Jan 2022, BWCS Staff)
Polish long-distance train operator PKP has announced it will expand its current WiFi service to cover its entire fleet. The move is part of a huge 27 billion Zloty (US$6.79 billion) investment programme to cover expansion and modernisation of its services by 2030. PKP says that the money will help it double the number of train services it runs within Poland. It also plans to boost the number of trains it operates on the international routes which run from Warsaw to the west, south and east. In total, the operator says it expects to swell the number of passengers travelling on its trains......

Huge Passenger Survey Underlines Importance of On-Board Connectivity

(25 Nov 2021, BWCS Staff)
Demand for decent data connnections on public transport is stronger than ever claims a wide-ranging new study commissioned by BAI Communications. According to the report, support for the idea of governments investing in wireless and fibre network infrastructure is at record levels. In fact, some 93% of respondents backed this idea. The study, which is based on over 2,500 interviews with subway, light rail, bus and ferry passengers in five major cities, is one of the most comprehensive, recently produced investigations into passenger attitudes. A clear majority of the respondents, who were......

Italy to Boost WiFi on HS Trains and Roll Out Service to Regional Trains

(19 Nov 2021, BWCS Staff)
Italian State Railways has announced ambitious plans to improve and later expand WiFi services on board trains. Speaking on Thursday, Luigi Ferraris, the Managing Director of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, highlighted plans for 2022, which include the enhancement of WiFi connectivity on high-speed trains to enable passengers to work whilst travelling. At the same time, Snr Ferraris underlined how keen his company is to expand the current WiFi services to also cover regional trains. In total, FS Italiane will launch a fleet of 238 new trains on regional services – over the coming......

Vancouver Moves Closer to Free WiFi on All Public Transport

(20 Oct 2021, BWCS Staff)
The City of Vancouver is on track to be one of the first cities in the world to offer free WiFi connections to passengers on all modes of its transit services. Translink, Metro Vancouver’s transportation authority responsible for transporting travellers across 21 municipalities, said this week that it has launched free WiFi for customers on six RapidBuses and on three SkyTrains, at Edmonds Station, and at Carvolth Exchange. The move by Translink and its partners Shaw Communications, marks the start of a system-wide rollout that should be complete by 2026. Eventually, the service will......

Delhi Metro and TSC Boost Free WiFi at Stations - Plans to Expand to Trains Next Year

(18 Oct 2021, BWCS Staff)
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) yesterday announced the launch of free, high-speed WiFi at all 37 stations on its Yellow Line. The service, which is being rolled out across the entire DMRC system, is provided by a consortium headed by Techno Sat Comm and will eventually be available on all Metro trains as well as stations. Delhi Metro serves a population of 11.2 million and is, by some way, the largest and most modern metro rail system in India. It spans 250km of track and boasts some 170 stations. Prior to the Yellow Line launch, the TSC-led consortium had installed WiFi on the......

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