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PaxLife and onway Combine to Win Northern Italian On-Train Systems Tender

(18 Jan 2023, BWCS Staff)
PaxLife Innovations in Germany and Swiss-based onway, have jointly won the tender to supply an on-train WiFi and Infotainment System to Südtiroler Transportstrukturen AG (STA) in northern Italy. The pair emerged victorious in a public tender held by STA. Under the terms of the deal, Paxlife and onway will operate and maintain the new on-board systems – including the routers, hotspot controllers, media servers and central management system - for a period of at least six years. The contact also has an option to extend this period. The system will be installed on 25 Stadler ETR 170......

Cellnex Signs First Customer for Enhanced Trackside Network

(11 Jan 2023, BWCS Staff)
Neutral host company Cellnex has signed up Three UK as its first mobile customer on the busy London to Brighton Line. The supplier has a 25-year deal with Network Rail to provide enhanced connectivity along the route and Three is the first of the four UK mobile companies to sign up to use it. The deal will give Three access to Cellnex’s recently deployed, trackside and station distributed antenna systems, which will cover the 51-mile mainline route. According to Cellnex, customers of Three UK will be able to experience “noticeable improvements to their mobile and data......

Nomad Digital Awarded Contracts to Provide Broadband Communication Services for New Caltrain Fleet

(06 Jan 2023, BWCS Staff)
Nomad Digital has won two contracts from US West Coast train operator Caltrain. The deals will see the UK based company, supply, implement, operate and maintain a turnkey Trackside Radio Network for Caltrain. The projects will run on the newly electrified line between San Francisco and San José and both include associated on-train services. According to a report from the supplier, it will install a Radio Network alongside the track using mmWave radio technology to deliver gigabit broadband performance. The complete end-to-end network architecture includes the use of next generation train......

Indian Consortium in Massive Project to Monetise Passenger WiFi

(05 Jan 2023, BWCS Staff)
RailTel, the privatised technology company once part of Indian Railways, has announced a major new partnership aimed at monetising its impressive spread of station WiFi hotspots. The company, which has introduced WiFi connectivity at some 6,180 rail stops across the subcontinent, says it has signed up a consortium of technology forms led by 3i Infotech Ltd, to try to wring some revenue out if its estimated 1.1 million daily WiFi users. According to this week’s announcement from RailTel, it will work with 3i, plus Forensics Intelligence Surveillance and Security Technologies Private......

Romanian Trains in WiFi Trial

(14 Dec 2022, BWCS Staff)
CFR Călători, the state-owned passenger train operator in Romania, has announced plans to trial free WiFi services on some of its InterCity trains. The company has partnered with Orange Business Services to offer passengers on 33 carriages free on-board access to the Internet. The service will apparently be available to subscribers of all four of Romania’s mobile networks.   Earlier this year the Romanian Authority for Railway Reform (ARF) signed a contract to purchase 20 long-distance electric trains, with an option to increase the order to 37 trains. The new trains, which......

Stadler Signs Westermo to Provide Comms Tech on New SBB Fleet

(29 Nov 2022, BWCS Staff)
Swiss-based train manufacturer, Stadler, has signed up Westermo to provide networking......

McLaren On-Board Connectivity to Help Network Rail Monitor its Assets

(18 Nov 2022, BWCS Staff)
Network Rail, has signed a five-year deal with McLaren Applied to provide on-board 5G connectivity for the UK rail administrator’s infrastructure monitoring trains. McLaren says it will deploy its patented Fleet Connect software on the existing Active Antenna hardware. The programme was developed for connectivity in Formula 1 racing. The software is already being used in several transport fleets around the world. According to McLaren, it provides seamless, high-speed passenger WiFi connections and operator uplinks. Uniquely, the data is transmitted across available networks, but......

Western Australia Public Transport Signs Nokia for Full Private Wireless Network

(11 Aug 2022, BWCS Staff)
Global telecoms equipment supplier Nokia has been chosen by the Public Transport Authority of Western Australia to supply an all-singing, all-dancing, private wireless network. Under the terms of the deal, reportedly worth some Au$327 million (US$230.7 million), Nokia will upgrade PTA’s railway communications with a private wireless system covering 250Km of rail track. This will involve the construction of more than 160 LTE/4.9G radio sites. The project package is said to include designing and building and five years of maintenance for the PTA’s communications system. The......

Trenitalia to Present at Traincomms 2022! …

(02 Aug 2022, BWCS Staff)
Italian national operator, Trenitalia, is the latest major train company to sign up to speak at this year’s WiFi on Trains Conference – Traincomms 2022. The two people driving the project at Trenitalia will present their experiences with WiFi on board and how they view the future of this service. The full conference programme is available at www.Traincomms.com Trenitalia will join speakers from: •         Network Rail – discussing plans to partner with suppliers to improve national trackside coverage.......

US MidWest to get WiFi on Trains

(28 Jul 2022, BWCS Staff)
US train giant Amtrak has signed up Icomera to provide on-board WiFi for its Midwest services. The deal means that the Swedish/UK connectivity supplier will be responsible for adding passenger Internet services to Amtrak’s new fleet in the states of Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Icomera will install, maintain, and monitor on-board mobile Internet services for 88 new Siemens “Venture” single-level passenger cars, which are jointly owned by the Midwest states and will be operated and contracted by Amtrak. The project marks an expansion of the relationship......

New York Signs US$600 Million Deal to Put Mobile in Subway Tunnels

(26 Jul 2022, BWCS Staff)
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City has announced plans to roll out mobile cellular services across all its subway tunnels. BAI-backed, Transit Wireless, which has been working with the MTA for 15 years, has been signed up for the estimated US$600 million build.   Transit Wireless has already installed WiFi at 273 New York Subway stations and has also supplied mobile connectivity on the city’s L-Line looping under the East River. The MTA said the build out may take up to ten years and that it plans to add free WiFi connections at all above-ground......

LNER Trialing On-Board Edgecasting TV Service to Free up WiFi

(25 Jul 2022, BWCS Staff)
London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is to trial a system that will enable passengers to stream video content to their devices without straining the train’s WiFi service. The UK train operator is partnering with Netskrt to offer streamed shows form ITV Hub. The trial service is currently available on three electric Azuma trains running up and down the main line between the Scottish Capital and London. According to LNER, the service means passengers will be able to stream over 6,000 episodes in ultra-high definition from ITV Hub “without eating into personal data or the......

RailTel Adds Content to Telecoms Service Portfolio

(13 Jul 2022, BWCS Staff)
RailTel, the privatised technology company once part of Indian Railways, is to launch a raft of new video content to some of its new cable customers. Famous for adding, and operating, fast, free WiFi at over 6,100 stations, RailTel also has a fixed line user base under its RailWire brand. These customers will now be offered a total of 13 TV and film platforms. The details regarding pricing and availability of the service have not yet been made public, nor is it yet clear if the services will later become available to rail passengers. RailWire operates in over 6,000 mainly rural......

All Aboard with BAI to Bring Connectivity to the London Tube

(08 Jul 2022, BWCS Staff)
The last of the UK’s four major mobile companies, Vodafone and O2, have signed a deal with neutral host company BAI Communications, to allow them to offer 4G and 5G connectivity to their customers across the tunnels and stations of the London Tube. Previously, rival operators BT (EE) and Three UK were the only ones to reach an agreement with BAI. The pair successfully negotiated contracts with the infrastructure provider and signed them back in December 2021. In June last year, the Australian-based BAI won the 20-year concession to install fibre links and wireless connections......

SpaceX Gets Green Light to Target WiFi on Trains

(04 Jul 2022, BWCS Staff)
Elon Musk’s satellite-delivered internet service, SpaceX, has been cleared in the US to enter the WiFi on Trains market. The Federal Communications Commission gave the go-ahead just prior to Independence Day in America. Musk’s company has long harboured ambitions to target trains and other vehicles with on-board WiFi services. In April of this year, SpaceX signed its first deal to provide in-flight WiFi supplied by the Starlink satellite network and the company is competing to provide high-speed internet to other commercial passenger services. In the authorisation letter, the......

Using Fast and Reliable WiFi to Persuade Passengers onto Trains …

(21 Jun 2022, BWCS Staff)
If you want to lure young people onto trains – boost the WiFi. That is one of the many messages highlighted in a recent series of polls commissioned and collated by Evo-Rail, a subsidiary of First Group and a supplier of 5G mm-wave systems to the rail industry.  Admittedly, Evo-Rail has a clear vested interest in encouraging the rail industry to improve train to shore connectivity and on-board WiFi. All the same, an impressive number of travellers and would-be train passengers responding to the survey, said that they would be more likely to catch a train in the UK (on a......

Huge Trackside Network Deal Edges Closer …

(13 Jun 2022, BWCS Staff)
A major investment in the UK’s trackside wireless and cable networks has moved a significant step closer. According to recent press reports, two large investment groups have each been cleared to bid to partner Network Rail in its £1 billion drive to upgrade around 16,000km of trackside cable network and add new wireless masts.    The two groups are Virgin Media (bidding with Nokia and Jacobs) and Neos Networks (bidding alongside Cellnex). The winning bidder will be expected to upgrade the trackside infrastructure and build around 250 new mobile masts to help tackle 5G......

Pakistan Railways Relaunches Push for Train WiFi

(08 Jun 2022, BWCS Staff)
The stalled project to put WiFi on trains in Pakistan appears to be back on track. Speaking at a major review of development projects at Pakistan Railways earlier this week, Railways and Aviation Minister, Khawaja Saad Rafique, directed that Free WiFi should be installed in all economy class carriages. He was speaking in response to rising fuel prices and a drive to lure more passengers onto trains. The state-owned transport giant, which carries some 70 million passengers annually, has also outlined plans to install fast, free WiFi at every “divisional level” railway station.......

Paris Metro Moves Closer to Fully 5G Future- As Orange Pips Cellnex for Latest Line Contract

(01 Jun 2022, BWCS Staff)
SGP (Société du Grand Paris), the state-owned company behind the hugely ambitious Grand Paris Express metro project, has awarded the contract to cover line 15 with 5G connectivity to tower company Totem – a subsidiary of mobile operator Orange. According to SPG, all travellers on the new line in Paris will have access to 5G from launch at the end of 2024. The new route in question, will boast 16 stations along its 33km length between Pont de Sevres and Noisy-Champs. Totem says it will deploy a mobile indoor Distributed Antenna System (DAS) network and that work should be completed by......

New Carriage Antenna Will Boost On-Train WiFi Deployment, says HUBER+SUHNER

(31 May 2022, BWCS Staff)
Swiss connectivity components specialist, HUBER+SUHNER has launched a new in-carriage, antenna, which it says will help simplify the deployment of WiFi on trans. According to H+S, its Rail Active, In Carriage Antenna is an “all-in-one solution that provides enhanced flexibility in mounting locations, offering multiple access points across the carriage ceiling.” The antenna, which will be marketed as the CYBOX-PA by partners ELTEC Elektronik, does not use RF cabling. H+S claims that this helps improve the system’s performance by maximising space and at the same time......

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