Broadband Access in Global High-speed Rails 

Broadband Access in Global High-speed Rails 

  • May 2016 •
  • 23 pages •
  • Report ID: 3858940 •
  • Format: PDF
Broadband Access in Global High-speed Rails : Growing Consumer and Business Connectivity Needs Drive Demand


-Growth of Internet penetration is being driven by the adoption of mobile devices. Emerging markets, and proliferation of local content and applications will contribute significantly to the demand for Internet connectivity.
- Globally a need for high-speed rails to connect key cities is needed to boost economic development. These trains provide several advantages such as reliability, punctuality, security, avoidance of traffic congestion, and comfort.

Internet in Trains

-Changing consumer lifestyles and business needs require people to stay connected during their travel.
- Train operators and telecommunication service providers are actively looking at different technologies to address business opportunities.
- Among the wireless technologies deployed by various train operators, satellite and LTE are the two most popular technologies for broadband Internet access in high-speed rails.

Case Study: France ThalysNet

-Thalys signed a managed service agreement with a consortium of communication service providers to offer Internet access on its high-speed rails and establish high-speed trains as an alternative to air travel for international business travellers.
- The solution architecture combines bi-directional satellite communications with conventional wireless data technologies to provide a continuous Internet connection.

Case Study: Japan Tokaido Shinkansen Wi-Fi

Tokaido Shinkansen collaborated with NTTBP to create an on-board Wi-Fi service that can act as an extension of service providers’ core network, and can leverage a network to offer Internet access to existing subscribers as well as other value-added services.