UK announces proposals to improve wireless broadband on trains


The UK government announced its proposals for better wireless broadband on the train network in the country. The proposal indicates that, by 2019, 70 percent of commuters will be able to benefit from Internet speeds of up to 50 Mbit/s.


The latest plan was unveiled by Patrick McLoughlin, the UK’s transport secretary on September 30, 2013 and he stated that the plan should have better and faster wireless service by as early as 2015. With the help of the current communication network, Network Rail has promised to support the project financially and to increase trackside mobile masts, as well as signal boosters on trains.

In that case, the wireless connection must be provided over Wi-Fi or 4G LTE, with a customer-facing operator. After he revealed the proposals, McLoughlin said, “There are few things more frustrating than trying to phone a friend or access the internet, only to be thwarted by bad signal”.

At the moment, the signal on the UK’s rails is quite shaky and mobile broadband provisions can use a connection speed of 2.5 Mbit/s only. The latest development and an improved wireless broadband will help UK commuters to prepare for their day at work better.

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