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T-Mobile Targets 2005 & WiMax Trains

Posted: 16th Feb, 2005 By: MarkJ
T-Mobile is aiming to bring the latest broadband wireless technology, WiMax, to UK trains. The move is part of a wider announcement, which aims to see the operator with 20,000 global hotspots by the end of 2005:

Getting on board the UK's rail network is particularly interesting, as it represents the first use of a 32Mbps WiMax backbone for the service, currently being trialled on Southern Trains' London to Brighton run. To date, internet access has been connected to on-board Wi-Fi networks through fast satellite links, with slower GPRS connections used as a fall-back when the line of sight between satellite and antenna is blocked. T-Mobile says its WiMax-based set-up, designed and installed by Nomad, will maintain high-speed connectivity throughout the journey.

We note that the present trial (as indicated above) is being offered for free, yet the official service is due to launch sometime next month. More @ The Register.
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