GNER claims world’s largest Wi-Fi fleet

Train operator GNER has completed its Wi-Fi installation across its entire fleet of 41 electric and diesel passenger trains.

Train operator GNER has completed its Wi-Fi installation across its entire fleet of 41 electric and diesel passenger trains.

The move gives the East Coast operator the world’s biggest fleet of wireless internet-equipped train carriages. It is also the UK’s first all-Wi-Fi train fleet.

GNER’s on-board WiFi was supplied and fitted by Swedish firm Icomera in a £3.2m project that was due to be completed in May 2007. But GNER said the scheme had been speeded up in response to passenger demand.

All GNER trains can now send and receive communications signals by a combination of roof-mounted satellite dish and mobile phone antenna, using 3G and GPRS technology. An on-board wireless network creates a Wi-Fi hot-spot in every carriage.

Wi-Fi access is free for first class passengers, while those in standard class are offered pay-as-you-go access, with prices starting at £2.95 for 30 minutes.

GNER chief executive officer Jonathan Metcalfe said, “Wireless internet has immense potential for both business and leisure users, and we are very encouraged by the usage and positive feedback from passengers.”

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