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Britain leads on number of WiFi equipped train carriages
Friday 06 July 2012 16:54:13 by Andrew Ferguson

A report into the European Market for Train Based Wireless Broadband Services highlights the progress of WiFi availability on trains across Europe. The surprise to many in the UK will be the news that Britain Leads Europe in this area.

The UK apparently has over 2,000 carriages where WiFi service is available, compared to 911 in Germany, 995 in Italy and just 416 in France. Across the whole of Europe around half the carriages were providing free broadband.

As part of a Digital Europe ensuring business people and just everyday travelers can stay in touch and do things like research their destination while traveling WiFi access is very important. The EU has pushed down the cost of roaming too, but it is still very much the case that finding a free WiFi hotspot, or buying 24 hours access beats most 3G coverage. One big advantage of WiFi for international travelers is that the majority of the channels used are available worldwide, unlike 4G which varies from country to country and operator to operator.

The question now is how long before the many short and long railway tunnels across the UK and EU gain WiFi access. The technology exists, just the desire and budget to install it can be lacking.

Comments

Posted by omnius over 4 years ago
Ooooooooook........... 2,000 out of how meny carriages?
Posted by MCM999 over 4 years ago
"Across the whole of Europe around half the carriages were providing free broadband".

I feel this could be misleading and would be better altered to read "... half the Wi-Fi connected carriages ..."

As omnius asks, just how many rail carriages are there in the UK and Europe?
Posted by otester over 4 years ago
This isn't free to those with peasant class tickets by the way.
Posted by Firefalcon over 4 years ago
All across europe their trains aren't running out dated rolling stock which is overpriced, jampacked and is lucky if its on time. Wifi on trains is the least of the UK's problem with rail travel.
Posted by bosie over 4 years ago
I've tried many times to use the WiFi on Virgin trains - if it works at all the speed is much slower than standard 3G hence useless.
Posted by camieabz over 4 years ago
@AF, and maintaining the pessimistic stance:

It's just as well the wifi is better, as it's needed with the slow rail systems.

However, it's not all bad. When we have wired broadband on trains, we'll know that all is lost. :)
Posted by Dave2150 over 4 years ago
What they fail to mention is that the uk has the slowest wifi, so balances out :P
Posted by otester over 4 years ago
The only decent WiFi is The Cloud after being taken over by Sky.
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