Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Amtrak plans 25Mbps Wi-Fi test on Northeast Corridor trains

updated 07:05 am EDT, Tue June 10, 2014

Bids requested by Amtrack to test Wi-Fi improvement feasibility

Amtrak is looking to increase the on-board Wi-Fi service on some of its trains running on the east coast of the United States. The company is soliciting bids for a "proof-of-concept" project for bolstering its Wi-Fi service, with the ultimate aim of providing a "high-capacity, broadband-speed Internet connection" for trains running between Washington and Boston.

At present, on-board Wi-Fi runs at a slow 10Mbps speed per train, shared among all passengers, with service blackspots in some areas. The eventual goal is to increase bandwidth to a minimum of 25Mbps per train, "scalable to even faster speeds as technology advances," with the test project helping Amtrak determine if it is technically and financially viable to build it out across the entire 457-mile Northeast Corridor.

"We know that our customers want a consistently reliable and fast on-board Wi-Fi experience - something we cannot guarantee today on our busiest trains when hundreds of customers want to go online at the same time," said Amtrak Chief Marketing and Sales Officer Matt Hardison. "We want to make that possible."



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Logitech Hyperion Fury mouse

Selecting the correct gaming mouse comes down to finding a device that balances the needs of a user with a price they can afford. Ofte ...

Life n Soul BM211 Bluetooth speaker

Bluetooth speakers aren't only for listening to some music at the park or on a long bus ride, but can also be built with tablets in mi ...

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 projector

With high-definition televisions now the standard, 4K televisions becoming the next big thing, and plasma TVs going the way of the din ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News