Free Wi-Fi on trains between London and UK Midlands

Wrexham & Shropshire railway will offer free Wi-Fi services to rail passengers on all trains running between Central London and the UK Midlands. According to the press release issued by Icomera (the company that supplies the wireless access points), the rail operator will also provide power outlets for laptops, netbooks, phones and other devices. The trains will be using 3G HSPA connections from Vodafone and Orange as backhaul. The railway service is a joint venture between Renaissance Trains and Laing Rail, a wholly owned subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, providing direct trains from Wrexham, Shrewsbury and Telford to London Marylebone.

“We aim to provide passengers with the very best environment in which they can work or play during their journey with us,” said Andy Hamilton, Managing Director of Wrexham & Shropshire. “Free Internet access is an extremely attractive service for both business and leisure travelers, and the Icomera Moovbox has enabled us to upgrade our fleet cost-effectively with the very latest in communications technology.”

Public transport operators are providing free Wi-Fi to passengers as a competitive measure. National Express in the UK, SJ in Sweden and Arriva in Denmark have already installed Icomera’s wireless access points to deliver Wi-Fi service and to enable the operator to use applications such as CCTV and real-time automatic vehicle location.

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