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T-Mobile to offer the world’s first broadband WiFi service on trains

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LONDON -- T-Mobile today announces the world’s first genuine broadband Wi-Fi service on trains and will be available to passengers on the London to Brighton rail route expected by early summer.

Passengers on Southern’s express rail service between London and Brighton - one of the busiest railway routes for business people travelling to and from London - will be able to send and receive emails or surf the internet securely all while travelling on the train.

The Wi-Fi service for commuters from T-Mobile, called T-Mobile HotSpot, will give passengers the opportunity to enjoy broadband speeds from their Wi-Fi enabled laptops or PDAs for the whole journey between Brighton to London.

T-Mobile will be offering passengers a free trial of the service between early March and end of April. During this trial period the service will initially be available on a limited number of trains on this route.

The service is planned for launch by early this summer, once the full roll-out has been implemented.

The service is made possible through a partnership with Southern (who are providing access to the trains and station locations where the service will be offered), Nomad Digital (who provide the technology) and T-Mobile (who offer the Wi-Fi service to customers).

T-Mobile’s HotSpot service is made possible by the installation of Wi-Fi access points within the train’s carriages, which in turn are connected to a WiMax network running alongside the tracks. These links pass data in both directions at rates of up to 32Mb/s, making this the fastest data link to a train anywhere in the world.

Brian McBride, Managing Director, T-Mobile UK commented: “T-Mobile is fully committed to the introduction of Wi-Fi on trains, and is a natural and compelling extension of our Wi-Fi network as well as a complement to our existing GPRS and 3G services.

McBride continues: “T-Mobile is continuing to pioneer Wi-Fi with its genuine broadband service on trains, something we believe customers have been crying out for, for some time. We see a growing trend for business users needing to access email securely on the move. Now T-Mobile is able to offer this by maintaining a constant data session for the entire journey, something other solutions just can’t offer today.”

T-Mobile (UK)

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