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Bi-Directional Satellite On Wi-Fi Trains

Posted: 09th Sep, 2004 By: MarkJ
British company 21Net claims to have conducted the first trial of a broadband wireless (Wi-Fi) hotspot service on a moving train using bi-directional satellite technology. The key advantage of this, over rivals, is the improved speed:

21Net insists its technology is a significant breakthrough because it gives a faster uplink to the Internet than its rivals, who are dependent on GPRS or 3G to sent data from the train to the Internet.

Henry Hyde-Thomson, chairman of 21Net, told ZDNet UK on Wednesday that his company's system will support business applications such as video conferencing and the sending of large emails, and is comparable to ADSL.

Trials took place in late June and late July at undisclosed locations in Europe. Hyde-Thomson said that during one trial four laptops were able to each get a connection speed of 700Kbps simultaneously.


Typically all this is likely to come at a cost, making the service more tailored towards business users. The question is; do enough people need such access to make it a sustainable offering? More @ ZDNet.
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