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India Uses Railways to Spread WiFi Connections

(11 Jan 2018, BWCS Staff)
The Indian government has confirmed plans to install WiFi at almost 8,500 stations across the country’s sprawling rail network. The move comes as part of the Digital India project and will see many rural and remote communities hooked up with free Internet access for the first time. In total, the project is set to cost some Rs700 crore (US$110 million). So far, RailTel and Indian Railways have equipped some 216 stations with WiFi facilities serving some seven million log-ons daily. However, these are almost exclusively in major towns and cities. The Railways Ministry said this week ......

Major On-Train WiFi Conference set for 2018

(03 Jan 2018, BWCS Staff)
The battle to put “customer-acceptable” WiFi on trains is heating up. Trackside trials are popping up across the world and significant sums are set to be poured into this niche market. Once again, BWCS will gather all the main players involved in this fast moving sector in one place over two days to discuss the future at our annual WiFi on Trains Conference (London, 6th and 7th of June).  “The WiFi on Trains sector is fast approaching a major junction” argues Graham Wilde CEO of BWCS, “and we are delighted to have so many of the leading players and train ......

UK Government Calls for Evidence on How Best to Deliver Trackside WiFi

(02 Jan 2018, BWCS Staff)
The UK Government has launched a call for evidence on how to improve WiFi signals along rail routes (https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/commercial-options-for-delivering-mobile-connectivity-on-trains-call-for-evidence ). The move comes as part of an ambitious plan that, it claims, could see passengers benefitting from a dramatic improvement in on-board mobile and WiFi connections. The move is being pushed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the Department for Transport, and is being driven by "Digital Minister" Matt Hancock and Chris Grayling the Transport ......

Samsung and KDDI Trial 5G Services on a Moving Train in Japan

(05 Dec 2017, BWCS Staff)
Korean tech giant Samsung, keen to show its progress in mobile technology, has revealed it recently completed a successful trial of 5G technology on board a moving train. The supplier said the test was carried out in October on a Japanese high-speed train travelling at 100kmh and registered a peak mobile data download speed of 1.7Gbps. Using a 5G router, 5G radio access unit, virtualised RAN (vRAN) and a virtualised core to make up its pre-commercial 5G solution, Samsung reported that engineers on the train were able to download 8K video services and upload 4K video. Japanese carrier KDDI ......

4G, If Not WiFi, Set To Debut in London Underground Tunnels … by 2019

(28 Nov 2017, BWCS Staff)
Passengers on London Underground Trains will finally get 4G coverage across the entire network from 2019. However, the announcement from Transport for London did not make it clear whether the move will include provisions for putting WiFi into the Tube. TfL passengers can already access WiFi for free at stations. London currently lags behind other major cities such as New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Berlin and Tokyo, which all boast wirelessly connected Metro services beneath their streets. This week TfL announced “significant progress” had been made in delivering a 4G mobile network ......

New Trackside WiFi to Shine on Gold Coast

(09 Nov 2017, BWCS Staff)
The Gold Coast City Council in Australia has contrived what could mark a new twist in the tale of how best to deliver WiFi along train tracks. The innovative idea developed by the council involves a super-fast broadband network laid alongside the newly built light rail routes. The council plans to use this to boost broadband and WiFi access for its citizens – as well as passengers. According to reports in the Gold Coast Bulletin, the council has built its own fibre network along the length of the 13km light rail route, capable of delivering internet speeds up to ten times faster than ......

Myanmar Railways to Offer Free WiFi On-Board

(19 Oct 2017, BWCS Staff)
MySQUAR Limited, the Myanmar-language social media, entertainment and payment platform says it has signed a deal to provide WiFi and digital content services to passengers on trains operated by Myanmar Railways. The content company, which is quoted on the Alternative Investment Market exchange in London, saw its share price jump 11% on the news that it will form a partnership with other service providers to roll-out and finance the services. According to press reports, the WiFi service will be made available both on trains and stations on the popular Yangon Circular Rail Service as well as ......

Nomad to Provide More Connectivity on More ScotRail Trains

(05 Oct 2017, BWCS Staff)
UK-based on-train connectivity supplier Nomad Digital has announced it is providing its WiFi solution to Hitachi Rail Europe in Scotland. The systems are being fitted on 70 new Hitachi trains (385 EMU) which have been procured by Abellio ScotRail to operate along the newly electrified central belt routes. According to Nomad, the contract underlines its position as a preferred supplier to Hitachi Rail Europe for on-train connectivity solutions. At the same time, the Newcastle company argues, it develops and expands its current relationship and scope of services with Abellio ScotRail. Nomad ......

RADWIN Chosen to Beef Up On-Train WiFi in Utah

(26 Sep 2017, BWCS Staff)
The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) says it has approved the system acceptance testing of RADWIN’s track-side solution for use on the state’s FrontRunner commuter trains. The WiFi on trains project in Utah has been implemented by The GBS Group of Virginia Beach, VA. UTA and GBS chose RADWIN’s FiberinMotion® Train-to-Ground solution to help deliver free, high-speed WiFi. The relatively new FrontRunner trains serve an 89-mile corridor covering the counties of Weber, Davis, Utah, and Salt Lake. According to RADWIN its track-side radios have been deployed on a 30 mile stretch ......

CrossCountry Connects With Nomad

(22 Sep 2017, BWCS Staff)
UK-based on-train technology specialist Nomad Digital has today announced a new contract with CrossCountry. The deal, which marks an expansion of an existing agreement, will see Nomad provide its digital train technology and associated services to keep the train operator’s passengers connected on their journey. The agreement covers CrossCountry’s 58 Voyager trains, five High Speed Trains and 29 Turbostar units. Nomad reports that the installation of its on-board kit on the extra trains will begin this winter. CrossCountry runs services the length and breadth of the UK, from ......

Virgin Introduces Live Bidding on First Class Seats

(21 Sep 2017, BWCS Staff)
Virgin Trains East Coast has launched an innovative new service to enable ordinary passengers to bid live for upgrades to First Class seats. The new Seatfrog mobile app allows travellers to take part in an auction of empty seats in the premier coaches on East Coast’s services. According to Virgin, the app works by creating a live bidding system for seats that would otherwise remain empty for the duration of the journey. The company believes that upgrades will be available from as little as £5. The auctions will commence around 2.5 hours before a train departs from its ......

ScotRail to Trial “Fastest On-Train WiFi Service in the World”

(18 Sep 2017, BWCS Staff)
Passengers on the Edinburgh-Glasgow train route will soon be able to experience “Super-fast” on-board WiFi. According to reports in The Scotsman newspaper, Cisco is spearheading a project that will boost wireless connection speeds by a factor of ten to 300Mbps. This step-up in speed is being enabled by adding new wireless masts and technology supplied by Fluidmesh along the route. The so-called Project SWIFT trial is expected to start in October or November of this year and is slated to run until the end of March 2018. A spokesman for ScotRail told the Edinburgh-based daily ......

On-Train Video Up for Grabs at Indian Railways

(31 Aug 2017, BWCS Staff)
The world’s largest train operating company, Indian Railways, says it is planning to issue a tender for a contract to supply video content on board its trains. The proposed contract will grant the winning bidder the right to supply film and TV content on around 3,000 trains via on-train wireless intranets. Under the plan, passengers will be able to watch the content on their phones by logging on to the railways’ local WiFi network. Reports in the Indian press indicate that the tender documents will split the number of trains into two equal packages and that the bidding will take ......

BAI Chooses RADWIN to Help in Boston WiFi Overhaul

(31 Jul 2017, BWCS Staff)
Train to ground wireless connection technology company RADWIN has been chosen by BAI Communications to assist in the roll out of improved on-train WiFi services in the Boston area. RADWIN said its FiberinMotion® solution will be installed as part of BAI’s project to offer all commuters on Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority (MBTA) rail lines high-capacity WiFi access.   BAI Communications, via its recently-purchased Boston subsidiary InMotion Wireless, has an exclusive 22-year license to design, build, finance and operate a multi-application high-speed network along the MBTA ......
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