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Broadband Access in Global High-speed Rails

Broadband Access in Global High-speed Rails

Globally, trains are one of the most popular modes of transport and users of high-speed rails demand reliable and secure broadband Internet access. Two of the world's top high-speed rail networks, one in Europe and one in Japan, now offer Internet access, and a case study of each is provided in this study. Trains require a combination of technologies for reliable and consistent access. Among the wireless technologies deployed by various train operators, satellite and LTE are the two most popular for broadband Internet access in high-speed rails. Emerging markets, proliferation of local content, and applications will contribute significantly to the demand for Internet connectivity.


  • Executive Summary
  • Broadband Access in High-speed Rails-A Case Study
    • Adoption of Mobile Devices Drives Internet Penetration
    • Economic Development Drives Construction of HSR
    • Train Operators and Telecommunication Service Providers (TSPs) Look for Technologies to Address Opportunity
    • Satellite and LTE-The Two Most Popular Technologies
    • Thalys Formed Consortium to Offer Internet in Trains
    • Architecture Combines Satellite with Conventional Tech
    • Tokaido Shinkansen Collaborates with NTTBP
    • Leaky Coaxial Technology Used by Japan Rail Central
    • NTTBP Demonstrated Contents Distribution Service

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