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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 ......

Internet on China’s High-Speed Trains gets Huge Boost

(20 Jun 2018, BWCS Staff)
Chinese Internet giant Tencent and domestic car maker Geely have won the bidding for a 49% stake in EMU Network Technology Co, a spin off from China Railways providing WiFi on trains. According to XinhuaNet news service the pair’s joint bid puts them in the driving seat to start growing and garnering advertising revenues on the trackside network.  No financial terms were revealed by XinhuaNet. However, according to a filing on the China Beijing Equity Exchange, reported by Reuters, the winning bid submitted for the stake was 4.3 billion yuan (US$672.52 million). Back in April of ......

Argentine Railway Plumps for RADWIN’s Train-to-Ground Wireless Broadband Solution

(06 Jun 2018, BWCS Staff)
Wireless broadband provider RADWIN, today announced that the Argentine Railway (Ferrocarriles Argentinos), the 8th largest railway in the world, has chosen RADWIN’s FiberinMotion® train-to-ground solution after a successful proof-of-concept. RADWIN states that its FiberinMotion® is geared to enhance security and safety on board the Argentine Railway’s passenger trains. The multi-service platform will support mission-critical CCTV and VoIP applications and is future-proof to support onboard Wi-Fi service. Project deployment includes coverage of the Buenos Aires - La Plata ......

Russian-India J-V to Help Delhi Metro On-Train WiFi Make Money

(01 Jun 2018, BWCS Staff)
Over the years the Train Communications Systems Conference has brought together many partners. We like to think that our speed dating sessions have seen the first flutterings of many a burgeoning relationship. Whether or not this is the case with the latest pairing to emerge in this sector, we don’t know, all we can say is that both parties have attended in the past…   This week, the news emerged that MaximaTelecom, the Moscow-based Wi-Fi ad-based monetization company, and TechnoSatComm (TSC), an Indian transport telecoms company, have entered into a strategic partnership ......

BART Trains to get WiFi but it Ain’t Happening Anytime Soon …

(25 May 2018, BWCS Staff)
The long-promised arrival of WiFi on BART trains on the West Coast of the USA has finally moved a step closer to reality. However, long-suffering travellers have told the San Jose Mercury News that they are not counting on a solution arriving imminently. The board of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is due to approve an exclusive negotiating agreement with Mobilitie Management, LLC, today. Under the terms of the deal, the new company will be allowed to provide WiFi at BART stations and on trains. The agreement also includes cell services for Muni Metro ......

UK Government Promises “Vast Improvement for WiFi” in New Digital Rail Strategy

(10 May 2018, BWCS Staff)
Amid much fanfare and hullaballoo, Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, and Network Rail CEO, Mark Carne, stood together at York Station today to formally launch Network Rail’s Digital Railway Strategy. Reading from the same hymn sheet, the pair promised that all new trains and signalling in the UK will be digital or “digital ready” from 2019. Amongst a slew of ambitious targets, the strategy promises to “Enable vastly improved mobile and WiFi connectivity, so that passengers can make the most of their travel time and communities close to the railway can connect more ......

Nomad Goes Underground – in Canada

(20 Apr 2018, BWCS Staff)
UK-based on-Train WiFi company Nomad Digital has won a major contract to supply wireless internet kit to a Canadian Metro operator. The deal comes on the back of Nomad’s parent company, Alstom, signing a landmark deal with the Canadian capital’s transport agency. According to Nomad, it will provide the kit to enable passengers to access the internet via mobile phones, tablets and laptop devices while travelling underground.   Historically, providing WiFi services on urban underground train systems has been fraught with difficulty – largely due to the wireless ......

Rival Tech Giants Prepare Bids of US$500 million for On-Train WiFi in China

(18 Apr 2018, BWCS Staff)
The gloves are well and truly off in the battle for supremacy in the World’s largest market for WiFi on trains. According to reports in Forbes Magazine, tech giant Tencent is preparing to pay a staggering US$500 million to buy 49% of EMU Network Technology Co – which currently has a monopoly on offering WiFi on board all China Rail Corp trains. However, it is likely to face competition from fellow Chinese Internet giant Alibaba, also said to be eyeing a bid for the China Rail network company. The huge fee reflects the sizeable potential that Tencent, which is also ......

App, App and Away … for Indian Railways

(03 Apr 2018, BWCS Staff)
Indian Railways is reportedly taking a leap down the digital track by developing over 200 mobile phone applications aimed at tourists, travellers and staff. The giant train operator says it is helping to move the government’s Digital India Programme forward by preparing so many new mobile services.   However, the company has faced criticism from some quarters for complicating the issue and not launching a single app aimed at all users. Defenders of the new programme argue that by launching a wide range of applications it can sieve out those that work well and are popular ......
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