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Perth Trials WiFi on Two Train Lines

(17 Jan 2019, BWCS Staff)
The regional government for Western Australia has taken the first tentative steps towards putting free WiFi on all public transport across the state. From this week two trains running on the Mandurah and Joondalup Lines in and out of Perth will offer on-board passenger WiFi. The pilot scheme follows an announcement last August by WA transport minister Rita Saffioti. Speaking at the time, Saffioti said that this is “Something the government is keen to trial to see if we can further improve the passenger experience.” Following the trial, usage and feedback will determine ......

Just before everyone disappears for the Festive break…

(19 Dec 2018, BWCS Staff)
And in case you might be in need of things to do during the holidays (!) We wanted to ......

Swiss Train Operator to Help Passengers Get Free Mobile Data Connections On-Board

(19 Oct 2018, BWCS Staff)
It seems that we jumped the gun last week in announcing that Swiss train operator SBB would be offering a trial of new, free, on-board WiFi services. In fact, the story is more complex than that. Due mainly to the excellent 4G coverage along the Swiss rail network – 97% due to rise to 99% in two years and to the number of trains that already have 3G and 4G mobile signal amplifiers fitted, the company has decided not to offer WiFi at all on its domestic routes. Instead passengers will have to rely on their own mobile data connections if they wish to surf the Internet whilst on ......

3.6Gbps Needed for Local Train Connectivity by 2025 – Says Ofcom

(17 Oct 2018, BWCS Staff)
UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has issued a report defining what it believes needs to be done in order to meet the government’s demands for much greater connectivity on the UK rail system. According to the report, within seven years, crowded commuter trains in and out of major British cities will require up to 3.6Gbps of mobile data connectivity to keep passengers happy. The dossier stems from a request made last December by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). In its letter the DCMS tasked the regulator with providing technical analysis of the likely future ......

Slovenia Settles on Train WiFi Supplier

(12 Oct 2018, BWCS Staff)
The state-owned railway company of Slovenia, Slovenske Železnice, says it has completed a tender for the supply of on-board WiFi services for some of its trains. SŽ Potniški Promet, the passenger service wing of the company, had asked for bids regarding the supply and installation of WiFi equipment on board 32 of its trains. Despite having only kicked off the process in August of this year, SŽ announced this week that the process is now complete. In the end, there was only bidder that fitted the criteria. A consortium of Telekom Slovenije, SRC and Verso Network Technologies has therefore won ......

Pakistan Railways to Offer Free On-board WiFi in 3 Months

(10 Oct 2018, BWCS Staff)
Pakistan Railways says it is poised to launch WiFi on its trains across the country within 100 days. The country’s Minister for Railways, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, a long-time fan of on-board Internet connectivity claimed this week - “Initially, all passenger trains will have the facility of WiFi and tracking and after that these facilities will also be given in the freight trains.” According to the Ministry, around 60% of the work needed to make the WiFi on Board project a reality has already been carried out. The government has said that much of the software and related ......

WiFi Cross the Mersey (Rail)

(04 Oct 2018, BWCS Staff)
Liverpool-based UK train operator, Merseyrail, has announced that passengers on board the new Stadler-delivered trains will soon have free internet access. The new fleet, which is due to go into service in 2020, will be able to connect up on all 75 miles of the city-based rail system. This includes around eight miles of tunnels. The new wireless system that will enable all this to happen, is being installed by global electronics giant Panasonic. Underground stations such as Hamilton Square, Liverpool Central and Moorfields will also be hooked up. As well as offering WiFi on board, the ......

WiFi On-Train Means Commute Time Should Count as Part of Working Day, Argues New Study

(04 Sep 2018, BWCS Staff)
Britain’s long-suffering commuters should be able to count time spent working on WiFi-enabled trains as part of their working day, according to a new study by the University of the West of England. The Bristol-based academics reported on a survey of 5,000 passengers which formed one of the first major studies on the impact of on-train WiFi in the UK. Dr Juliet Jain, Dr Billy Clayton and Dr Caroline Bartle examined the uptake of free WiFi on two of Chiltern Railways' major routes - London/Birmingham and London/Aylesbury - to see how passengers use free internet provision on their ......

Government Issues Call for Information as it Mulls Spending £35 Million on Trackside Trials

(17 Aug 2018, BWCS Staff)
The UK Government has issued a Call for Information connected to the Trans Pennine Initiative and aimed at improving on-train passenger connectivity. The move follows last year’s announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in the Autumn budget, that there would be funds provided to build a 5G Trials and Test Bed at the Rail Innovation Development Centre (RIDC) at Melton Mowbray and to conduct a mobile connectivity trial along the Trans Pennine route.  According to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, it intends to use part of the £35 million funding ......
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