Better Wi-Fi on trains starts to creep out of the siding
How much improved Wi-Fi would £90m buy on the busiest commuter train routes in the UK? Probably not enough to do a good job on the 30% of the UK rail network that apparently carries 70% of the passengers.
The BBC appears to have found out that a fine levied on Network Rail is to be used to part fund a £90m scheme to improve broadband connectivity for commuters. We thought we had seen something about this before and yes back in September 2013 a programme was announced that would be done in stages running until 2019.
It seems unlikely that this is a totally unrelated project, but it may be, since fixed line broadband via the various Superfast Broadband projects suffers from overlapping targets and deadlines. Given the increasing prominence of video streaming in adverts by mobile providers and the appetite of the public for video streaming the task of getting sufficient bandwidth to a moving train full of commuters will be challenging, unless like many other Wi-Fi schemes they become only good for slowly checking email at busy times.