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trains and railways uk

16th October, 2018 (8 Comments)

Ofcom has published the technical advice that they supplied to the government on improving rail passengers’ access to mobile data services (mobile broadband via 3G, 4G or 5G), which identifies some useful spectrum bands and estimates that by 2025 the busiest trains may need to be fed by 1.7Gbps to 3.6Gbps of capacity.

trains network rail engineers

17th August, 2018 (5 Comments)

The UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has today issued a new ‘Call for Expressions of Interest‘ in their proposed £35m trial of 5G based mobile broadband and fibre optic technology on the Trans Pennine rail (trains) route between Manchester and York in England.

trains and railways uk

11th April, 2018 (2 Comments)

A new RootMetrics study has ranked eight of the United Kingdom’s most popular rail transit lines by the quality of their on-board Mobile (3G and 4G) network connectivity. Overall those taking a train via the ‘London Paddington to Reading‘ route are likely to have the best experience.

arriva trains wales

15th February, 2018 (3 Comments)

An investment of £1.5 million by the Welsh Government means that passengers across Wales can now benefit from free WiFi on all Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) services, which has been retrofitted to ATW’s entire fleet including Pacer trains, Class 153’s and the carriages used on the north-south Express.

uk train

31st January, 2018 (6 Comments)

A new survey of 27,819 train passengers, which was conducted by Transport Focus during autumn 2017, has revealed that just 30% of commuters are satisfied with the reliability of their on-board internet connection (56% dissatisfied and 14% undecided). Southeastern came bottom (18% satisfied).

trains network rail engineers

27th December, 2017 (5 Comments)

The Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will tomorrow at 9am begin a new ‘Call for Evidence’ on proposals that could help to make WiFi and Mobile (5G) broadband speeds of 1Gbps available onboard all UK mainline train routes by 2025.

london underground tube

28th November, 2017 (0 Comments)

Transport for London has reported that their recent (summer) trial of a 4G Mobile network distribution technology, which ran in Tube tunnels on the Waterloo and City Line, was a success. Tfl are now tendering for a service provider that can deploy it across their entire Tube network from 2019.

project_swift_wifi_trains

18th September, 2017 (0 Comments)

Scottish train operator ScotRail has partnered up with Cisco, CGI, Network Rail Telecoms and Wittos to conduct a Proof of Concept trial to enable “super-fast” WiFi on trains (Project SWIFT), which could offer data speeds of up to 300Mbps (allegedly the “fastest in-train Wi-Fi service in the world“).

trains_virgin

17th August, 2017 (7 Comments)

A new survey from YouGov, which was commissioned by Cobham Wireless, has revealed that British adults would rather connect to the internet on trains via a 3G or 4G mobile data network (51%) than public WiFi (36%), yet only 33% of passengers felt that the mobile signal was good enough.

london underground tube trains

31st May, 2017 (0 Comments)

Transport for London (Tfl) has announced the start of their hunt for a supplier to build a new network that can offer 4G Mobile reception on the London Underground (Tube), with the procurement process being set to begin after the 8th June General Election.

uk train

22nd November, 2016 (15 Comments)

The Government’s effort to roll-out “high speed” Mobile Broadband to most train commuters by 2019 and WiFi to many of the busiest parts of Britain’s rail network by 2017/18 has been criticised after it was revealed that the on-board WiFi contract only required a speed of 1Mbps per passenger.

trains network rail engineers

21st October, 2016 (13 Comments)

Engineers working for Network Rail have damaged a mass of BTOpenreach’s cable ducts near Uxbridge (West London) because they “were not highlighted in the thorough surveys we carried out prior to the work.” As a result broadband and phone services in the area, including West Drayton, are suffering a major outage.

trains network rail engineers

19th September, 2016 (3 Comments)

Network Rail appears to have shelved a plan that would have seen the national railway operator effectively privatise their large track-side fibre optic and data infrastructure, which carries all sorts of transport, video (CCTV etc.), signalling and others communications.

london underground tube

23rd June, 2016 (3 Comments)

Reports indicated that Transport for London are in the early stages of talks that could result in the extension of consumer mobile broadband and phone services to cover the city’s vast network of underground tubes and stations, all 100 miles of it.

wifi wireless internet access

15th June, 2016 (1 Comment)

Social networking giant Twitter has teamed up with Wifi metropolis to offer 4 hours for free public WiFi hotspot access at St Pancras International Railway Station in London (normally only the first 10 minutes are free).

trains_virgin

14th May, 2016 (15 Comments)

A new survey commissioned by the Government’s Department for Transport has examined the value of Internet access to train users, finding that 54% of people perceived the quality of their on-board Internet connection to be poor or intermittent and 49% were dissatisfied with service speeds.

virgin_trains_uk1

30th March, 2016 (5 Comments)

Reports suggest that Network Rail’s large track-side fibre optic infrastructure, which carries all sorts of transport, video (CCTV etc.) and data communications, could be sold off or shared out through a wholesale or joint venture agreement in order to raise money for more railway improvements elsewhere.

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