Heathrow Express to sell passengers Wi-Fi

Heathrow Express is to offer Wi-Fi access to passengers who use its fast train service that links central London to Heathrow Airport.

Heathrow Express is to offer Wi-Fi access to passengers who use its fast train service that links central London to Heathrow Airport.

Heathrow Express will use Wi-Fi services from T-Mobile and Nomad Digital’ giving travellers a wireless broadband connection throughout the entire journey, including all tunnel sections, at speeds of up to 8Mbps.

Brian Raven, managing director for Heathrow Express said, “We are constantly looking for ways to enhance our customers’ journeys and this is another innovation designed to make using our service as convenient and seamless as possible. We know that our customers will appreciate having continual web and email access during their journey just as they appreciate the speed and frequency of our services.”

“While the Heathrow Express is a relatively short route, the Wi-Fi service will enable business users to check their e-mail or send important documents prior to a flight or meeting. This can be particularly useful when they simply don’t have the time to access e-mail when checking in for a flight or rushing for a meeting in central London,” added Jay Saw, HotSpot manager for T-Mobile UK.

Users will be able to buy Wi-Fi HotSpot access passes on board the train and can continue using the service at other T-Mobile HotSpots when they arrive at Heathrow Airport.

The Wi-Fi HotSpot access passes can also be used at over 200 locations within central London, such as Starbucks coffee shops, Borders bookstores and certain hotels. The service will be fully operational on all trains in early 2007.

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