Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Virgin Trains' Wi-Fi offering proves popular

Written by 
  • Print
  • Email

More than 500,000 rail riders on Virgin Train’s West Coast Main Line in Britain have logged onto the new high speed wireless internet service, with the number of monthly users increasing, to over 90,000, according to communication provider Nomad Digital.


In addition, Nomad Digital says, “Hotspot” service, provided by Nomad Digital and partner T-Mobile, which allows Virgin rail travelers Internet access, email, and other applications, will be upgraded soon to enable simultaneous use of multiple data channels, thus increasing the available bandwidth to passengers.


Customers who subscribe to the T-Mobile Broadband "pay monthly’ service can access the Internet at no extra cost. First Class passengers receive complimentary access, while other passengers can purchase Hotspot passes online from their Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

Nomad Digital Chairman Nigel Wallbridge said, “We are delighted with the popularity of this service which replicates the success we have had in providing the world’s first-ever rail broadband Wi-Fi on the London to Brighton route, on all Heathrow Express trains, and on public transport systems in the U.S., continental Europe, and the Middle East. The introduction of bandwidth aggregation will allow us to give an even better service to passengers.’’

Graham Leech, executive director, Commercial, for Virgin Trains, said, “The Hotspot service allows Virgin Trains passengers to make even better use of their time when traveling.”

Get the latest rail news

Rail news and analysis from Railway Age, IRJ and RT&S by email