“Busiest Trains To Have High Speed Broadband
The Department of Transport plans to install fast mobile connectivity on the busiest trains on Britain’s rail network over the next few years. This will allow passengers access to download, stream and browse data on their mobile devices.
Approximately 70% of rail passengers are expected to benefit by 2019 with noticeable changes coming into effect by 2015.
Industry stakeholders will work with Network Rail to formulate a plan of how this will be financed. Network Rail’s existing infrastructure and the installation of new equipment should sort the current poor services on the trains.
Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, has stated that he is aware of the problem and frustration felt by passengers trying to use mobile devices on trains.
He commented ‘Be it hardworking commuters preparing for the day on their journey into work or leisure travellers making final plans for their weekend away, today’s announcement marks the beginning of the end of poor coverage on our railways’.
It is interesting to find out that the infrastructure is yet to be installed when the main rail companies are already installing broadband facilities on their trains.”
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