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Amtrak exploring high-speed Wi-Fi access onboard trains

Amtrak is exploring faster Wi-Fi access onboard its trains, hoping for 25Mbps per train
By: Michael Hatamoto | Internet & Websites News | Posted: Jun 9, 2014 9:45 pm

Rail carrier Amtrak is currently investigating how to provide faster, more reliable Wi-Fi access on its trains, which currently relies on cellular broadband technology. The first implantation will be a Wi-Fi network along tracks in the 457-mile stretch of the northeast corridor, aiming for a speed boost from 10Mbps up to 25 Mbps.




Amtrak is now accepting proof-of-concept bids, but doesn't have additional details about the future Wi-Fi project.


"We know that our customers want a consistently reliable and fast on-board Wi-Fi experience - something we cannot guarantee today on our busiest trains when hundreds of customers want to go online at the same time - and we want to make that possible," said Matt Hardison, Amtrak Chief Marketing and Sales Officer, in a press statement.


The Boston-Washington, D.C. train corridor is important, as it's a popular transit point for business people and companies to usher employees. It's possible to reach New York City's Penn Station from Boston or Washington in less than four hours using faster trains - but the lack of reliable Wi-Fi Internet has been an inconvenience.


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