Train firm signals wireless expansion

Virgin Trains is testing high-speed wireless access on its West Coast service, using a range of technologies to enable passengers to browse the internet uninterrupted. The train operator says its mix of WiMax, WiFi, high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) and satellite technology will offer a continued signal even when going through tunnels.

GNER, Southern Trains and the National Express Group have all installed wireless access in the past year. Virgin Trains spokesman Lee West says that when just one branch of wireless internet technology is used, such as WiMax, service can be intermittent.

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