Britain trains’ WiFi network ‘well-ahead’ of Europe, says ticketing website

Britain trains’ WiFi network ‘well-ahead’ of Europe, says ticketing website

Britain’s railway network is ‘well ahead’ in providing WiFi services onboard compared to Europe, according to mytrainticket.co.uk. The ticket website made the claim after National Express East Anglia (NXEA) announced that it will provide internet connectivity on its London to Norwich and Stansted Express routes next year. In addition, the company thinks the connection provides a good selling point to use train travel. “Onboard Wi-Fi represents a useful additional revenue stream for train companies, which are, after all, commercial operators,” explained Alistair Lees, managing director of mytrainticket.co.uk. “Most importantly, though, it is attractive to customers who might otherwise travel by air or car and who can now make use of the journey to catch up on emails, do some work or simply browse the internet.” According to mytrainticket.co.uk’s connectivity map, the west of the UK has been slower on the uptake than the east. Meanwhile, across Europe, Italy, Spain Ireland, Holland and Austria have no or little WiFi access on trains, while 10-15 percent of France’s TGVs have the service. In Germany, WiFi is only available on upgraded trains between Frankfurt and Hamburg, Munich and Cologne.

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