Thursday, September 06, 2007

Thalys - Wireless service on high speed trains

Thalys selects Nokia Siemens Networks, 21Net and Telenet to provide wireless broadband Internet access in trains

Finnish telecomms infrastructure company Nokia Siemens Networks said on Thursday (6 September) that the European high speed train operator Thalys has selected a consortium to provide wireless broadband Internet access to passengers travelling in Comfort 1 and Comfort 2 between Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne, by 2008.

The consortium consists of Nokia Siemens Networks, 21Net, a European supplier of broadband Internet based on satellite connectivity, and the Belgian broadband cable operator Telenet. It will combine satellite, GPRS and UMTS technologies with wireless networks similar to WiFi hotspots to provide a continuous Internet connection on board trains travelling across the borders at the speed of 300km/h.

This will be the world's first international railway company to provide this service across European borders, the company added. The first Thalys trains equipped with the WiFi technology will run commercially from Autumn 2007.

In addition to Internet access, Thalys will also offer its passengers information on travel destinations and connecting trains as well as entertainment services.

Under the terms of a managed services contract, the consortium will supply and install the technology, provide ongoing network operation and take over the maintenance of the network components.

From M2 Communications Ltd

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