Improving digital connectivity for rail passengers
A roadmap identifying the technology for improving high-speed mobile internet connectivity on Britain’s railway is ready for the industry to take forward.
The report, produced by LS telcom UK and commissioned by RSSB, contains a 3 to 5-year technology roadmap for improving high-speed mobile internet connectivity for passengers and freight train operations. It also identifies commercial deployment models to ensure train operating companies can meet the Department for Transport’s connectivity requirements.
According to the research, wireless technology solutions including a mobile variant of Wi-Fi, 4G and potentially 5G are achievable within the 5-year timeframe and the success of internet connectivity will depend on which business model is adopted.
The report shows the range of technical and commercial options available advising the rail and digital industries on how to improve digital connectivity across all of Britain’s rail network benefiting rail customers, train operating companies, freight operating and rolling stock companies. The research will inform government of associated investment opportunities and help shape future policies to maximise them.
The publication of the report coincides with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and the Department for Transport’s launch of a call for evidence on ‘Commercial options for delivering mobile connectivity on trains.’