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WiFi on Indian Trains - “Within Four and a Half Years”

(25 Oct 2019, BWCS Staff)
Indian Rail Minister, Piyush Goyal, confirmed today that the government will push ahead with plans to put WiFi services in Indian trains over the next few years. He also said that the government is planning to provide free WiFi service in over 6,000 railway stations in India. Once the project to provide WiFi at stations across subcontinent has been completed, the government says it will start to roll out WiFi on board the trains themselves. Mr Goyal said the service will be free to passengers. He went on to state that the services should be up and running by the middle of 2024. In a ......

Texas City to Trial WiFi on Trains – Courtesy of Microsoft

(16 Oct 2019, BWCS Staff)
The city of Houston is to trial WiFi on board some local trains as part of a wide-ranging partnership with tech giant Microsoft. Metro – as the local transit agency is known – said it hopes to gather feedback from passengers on the selected services with a view to expanding the system to its entire Metro Rail network. The city’s Metro Rail system carries some 18.35 million riders a year on its 23 miles of track and the pilot scheme will be available on the East End and Southeast Lines. WiFi on board is also being trialled on two of the city’s bus routes. The test area ......

Finland to Force Mobile Companies to Cover Their Tracks

(15 Oct 2019, BWCS Staff)
Trains in Finland are to benefit from much improved on-train WiFi and 4G mobile connections along the length of the track. The Helsinki administration plans to force Finland’s three mobile network operators (MNOs) to ensure that a 4G signal is available all along all rail routes in the country – “no matter how remote”. According to national train operator VR’s own figures, 27% of passengers currently deem the mobile network and resultant WiFi service to be poor, while only 31% consider it to be good or very good. Of course, it is not only when trains disappear ......

Government and Telco Act Together to Reduce Blackspots and Add WiFi on NSW Rail Route

(07 Oct 2019, BWCS Staff)
Australian commuters riding the rails between Newcastle and Sydney have finally begun benefiting from long-promised improved mobile coverage. The AU$29 million infrastructure upgrade is being funded by national telecoms company Telstra in conjunction with the state and federal governments. According to local press reports, the first sections of the NSW rail corridor are now fitted with new mobile base stations and free WiFi at some stations. Federal Communications Minister, Paul Fletcher, said last Friday that Telstra had completed the first stage of the planned mobile upgrade project ......

CP Pushes WiFi on Trains Into Suburbia in Bid to Boost Rider Numbers

(02 Oct 2019, BWCS Staff)
Portuguese train operator, Comboios de Portugal (CP), has announced plans to greatly expand its free WiFi on-board services. The state-owned company said today that it will launch WiFi on all local train lines running in and around Porto and Lisbon. The move follows a brief, but successful, trial of WiFi on the suburban routes to Sintra and Cascais in the nation’s capital city. CP launched a pilot scheme on the two city-based train services on 21st of August this year. During the trial run the company gathered data on both the performance of the train-to-shore link and how the public ......

Network Rail Signs Telent to Supply Free WiFi at all Major Train Stations

(30 Sep 2019, BWCS Staff)
Network Rail is to roll out free WiFi at the 20 major stations that it operates across the UK. The rail administrator said it plans to offer seamless connectivity and single sign-on at all of its stations, starting with London Victoria from next Spring. The service is reportedly “child-friendly” and can also be used on more than one device. Telent Technology has been contracted to survey, design and construct the systems. The move apparently follows research which showed that train passengers prize free access to toilets and WiFi (not simultaneously) above all other station ......

Thales and Vodafone Test “No-Driver” Trains Using 5G

(26 Sep 2019, BWCS Staff)
Defence and transport giant, Thales, has joined forces with Vodafone to test-run a driverless train controlled via a 5G mobile signal. The pair claim that the trial constitutes a first in this field. It was carried out at the “Smart Rail Connectivity Campus” in Germany, which is a joint project of more than 100 industry and academic partners led by the Technical University of Chemnitz and with the participation of Erzgebirge Railway. The driverless trains were set loose on the trial track in Erzgebirge where Vodafone has installed some 5G base stations. The mobile operator said ......

O-Train Riders to get WiFi and Enhanced Cellular Connections

(16 Sep 2019, BWCS Staff)
Canadian capital city, Ottowa, has announced plans to put WiFi onto one half of the O-Train system that serves its one million inhabitants. The news follows hot on the heels of last week’s announcement that WiFi is to be launched on trains and buses in the Toronto area. According to Mayor, Jim Watson, riders on the newly-launched Confederation Line will enjoy complimentary WiFi and improved on-board cellular service thanks to a partnership with Canadian telco TELUS Communications Inc. The system will ensure that passengers remain connected in tunnels and in stations.  The O-Train ......

WA Seeks WiFi for Prospector Train Service

(12 Sep 2019, BWCS Staff)
The Western Australian State Government has announced plans to add on-train passenger WiFi to the long-distance “Prospector” train service between Perth and Kalgoorlie. However, it is not clear how the train to shore connection will be handled as mobile reception along the route is virtually non-existent. The 653km (406 mile) train journey to the gold-mining city, currently takes some six hours and 45 minutes to complete. Mobile network coverage maps show that Telstra is the only one of Australia’s three national operators to have any kind of presence in Kalgoorlie. ......

WiFi on the GO to Hit Toronto

(05 Sep 2019, BWCS Staff)
Metrolinx, the Canadian state-owned transport agency, has signed a 5-year deal with Icomera to put WiFi onto all buses and trains in the Toronto area. The contract, said to be worth some Ca$65 million, will see the Swedish/UK supplier provide WiFi connectivity on all 1,475 buses and trains operated by Metrolinx’s subsidiary Go Transit.   According to Canada's Associate Transportation Minister, Kinga Surma, the roll-out is set to begin in the spring of next year, with the government aiming to have all GO vehicles online by the end of 2020. The new WiFi service will also ......

London's Jubilee Line to Get 4G in Prelude to Full Tube Connectivity

(22 Jul 2019, BWCS Staff)
Finally, Londoners unwilling to make eye-contact on the tube will have something to look at: their mobile phones. 4G connectivity is set to (finally) arrive on the entire Underground system. Following years of promises, 14 to be exact, starting in March of next year, TfL says that 4G will be available, as part of another trial, on the platforms and tunnels of a section of the Jubilee line between Westminster and Canning Town. London Bridge and Waterloo stations are slated to follow later in the year. The latest attempt to eliminate what has been dubbed the UK’s largest ......

TfL Starts Monitoring Tube Passengers Via WiFi Data

(10 Jul 2019, BWCS Staff)
Transport for London (TfL) has begun tracking travellers’ movements across the Undergound network, based on the data-trail left as they hop from WiFi-point to WiFi-point. As passengers pass along the tube’s free WiFi network, TfL will access GPS data on their smart-phones in order to help monitor how busy different parts of the network are getting. First announced in May, the move aims to garner data from more than 260 WiFi-enabled London Underground stations in a bid to understand how people navigate the tube system.   According to Lauren Sager Weinstein, chief data ......

Denmark On-Track to Offer WiFi on All Inter-City and Regional Trains

(09 Jul 2019, BWCS Staff)
Danish State Railways (DSB) said this week that it will provide on-train WiFi on its entire fleet of 250 trains by the end of this year. It currently offers WiFi in some 73% of its carriages. Alstom Transport UK Ltd and Nomad Digital have a six-year agreement in place to supply, design, deliver and maintain on-board passenger WiFi to the state-owned national train operator. The contract was signed in September 2018. The Danish government has arguably been one of the leading lights in the on-board passenger WiFi sector. In 2016, after years of passenger dissatisfaction with slow and ......

Delhi Metro to Get Free WiFi at More Stations and in Some Trains by 2020

(05 Jul 2019, BWCS Staff)
By the end of this year, commuters using the Delhi Metro will be able to access WiFi at all Metro stations on the Yellow Line and in all trains on the Airport Express Line. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said this week that work is already under way and pointed out that Free WiFi has been available on all Blue Line stations since August 2017 and Airport Express Line stations since 2016. The Airport Express Line, which will offer on-train passenger Internet access, runs for 22.7km and comprises six stations. Over the past few years ridership figures have risen steadily on the route. ......

Taiwan On – Off

(02 Jul 2019, BWCS Staff)
Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC), which operates the five line, 117 station, Taipei MRT network, has reportedly ended its contract with the company that provides free WiFi services on its trains. Back in 2017, the Government-owned TRTC, signed Forest-wide Industrial Co, to provide free WiFi services to the travelling public at every station and in every train coach. The service, dubbed Free AD, has been accessible by passengers clicking on adverts via a mobile app. However, according to reports in the local press the service has been disrupted recently by a series of unlimited data ......

New WiFi Roll-Out Deadline for Indian Railways

(20 Jun 2019, BWCS Staff)
Indian Railways has announced it will provide free WiFi at 6,485 railway stations “in the next 100 days”, dramatically bringing forward its own previously announced deadline. The company had previously said that free WiFi would be available across the national network of stations by August 2020. So far, RailTel, the Indian Railways subsidiary responsible for the WiFi network, has completed installation at some 1,603 stations. The company now has under three months to complete installations and testing at the remaining 4,882 stations. It was back in 2014 that RailTel first ......

CCJPA Awards Next Generation WiFi Contract to Nomad Digital

(18 Jun 2019, BWCS Staff)
West-Coast US train operating partnership, the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA), has awarded Nomad Digital a “Next Generation WiFi Services Contract." The CCJPA, which encompasses the six local transit agencies in Northern California, says it chose the UK-based technology company as its partner in the future installation, testing, operation and maintenance of a next-generation WiFi network on board Capitol Corridor trains. Making the announcement at the recent BWCS’ WiFi on Trains Conference, Train Communications Systems 2019, Jim Allison, the Manager of Planning ......

Omotenashi – Helps Drive On-Train WiFi in Japan

(17 Jun 2019, BWCS Staff)
Faced with a rising tide of tourism and frequent complaints from overseas guests of poor WiFi coverage, the Japanese government has pledged to take action. Speaking late last week, a government spokesman said that the administration will help provide WiFi on some 300 train and bus routes, mainly to and from airports, and across the centre of Tokyo.   In recent years, visitors have been flocking to Japan in unprecedented numbers. Even before the Rugby World Cup kicks off at the Tokyo Stadium (20th September 2019) and the Olympic Opening Ceremony dazzles the world (24th July 2020), ......
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