UK trains
September 13th, 2006

This Guardian article says that in the UK “rail passengers will be able to access broadband connections via satellite under plans published today by media watchdog Ofcom.The regulator is making a new type of spectrum licence available that will allow train operating companies to install “satellite earth stations” on trains.Some operating companies already offer wireless broadband access through trackside terminals, but this is not always reliable.
Ofcom said the satellite link could enable train operators to provide faster and more reliable mobile broadband connections for customers. “Hot spots on trains would allow services to be delivered direct to laptops or handheld devices from an on-board transmitter, enabling customers to download content and potentially use VoIP [voice over internet protocol] on the move,” Ofcom said in a statement”.

Broadband catches the train

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