Mobile operator T-Mobile UK has teamed up with Virgin to offer broadband wireless Internet access on the Virgin West Coast Main Line service via its Wi-Fi Hotspots. The service will initially be rolled out via Virgin's 52 Pendolino trains, and by mid-summer, the 21 Super Voyager trains will also be Wi-Fi enabled.
The Wi-Fi Hotspot service, which will be rolled out for T-Mobile by Nomad Digital, should provide a wireless broadband connection throughout the entire journey, including all tunnel sections, at high speeds. Virgin's West Coast Main Line services see around 22.5 million passenger journeys per annum.
Richard Warmsley, Head of Internet and Entertainment for T-Mobile UK said: "As the popularity of Mobile Broadband continues to soar, we want to do everything we can to offer people access to the Internet wherever they are. This provides a unique solution on-board Virgin Trains, at no extra cost to our pay monthly Mobile Broadband customers, and available to everyone, whatever mobile phone network they use.
From business users checking emails or sending documents on the way to and from work, to people checking their Facebook, or downloading songs for the trip, this new mobile broadband service offers all passengers the opportunity to make the most of their journeys."
T-Mobile currently provides Wi-Fi Hotspot access across various parts of the UK and hopes to deliver a close to complete population coverage for related 3G Mobile Broadband services in 2010. It's worth remembering that Wi-Fi Hotspots (local area coverage) and Mobile Broadband (wide area coverage) are two very different wireless technologies.
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