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Faster Railway Internet Access

Posted: 27th Oct, 2005 By: MarkJ
Nomad Digital has innovated a new way to get even faster broadband Internet access (up to 36Mbps!) onto UK trains by using WiMAX wireless technology:

This year the company was approached by train operator Southern to provide broadband on its Brighton to London express, which Nomad now says makes it the world's "fastest" railway for onboard internet access.

The service works by the installation of wi-fi access points within the train's carriages, which are in turn connected to 37 Wimax (another type of wireless 'protocol' or language) base stations at train stations and locations along the 60 mile route.

"It is like a corridor of radio coverage running alongside the track," says Mr Lowdon. This allows information to be sent and received at speeds of up to 36 mega bits per second (18 times faster than standard domestic broadband internet access), and means signals are not lost in tunnels, under bridges or in sidings.


Sadly there are brief 10 to 15 second gaps in the coverage, which require that the reception revert to slower 3G mobile phone technology, yet these aren't so frequent as to cause a problem. More @ BBC News Online.
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