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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......

WiFi Tech Player Gets Cash Boost

(23 May 2022, BWCS Staff)
Seville based start-up Galgus has received a cash injection of €4 million to help in its campaign to spread its intelligent WiFi technology. The new funding comes courtesy of Spanish investors by GED Capital,  Mundi Ventures and GoHub Ventures. Galgus was founded nine years ago and is perhaps best known for its Cognitive Hotspot™ Technology (CHT). According to the company, CHT is an embedded generic software that adds intelligence to WiFi networks and optimizes spectrum efficiencies for routers and Access points. The fresh funding will fuel Galgus’ aim to keep......

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......

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