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Passenger WiFi upgrade for Virgin Trains

press release

(Newcastle upon Tyne, 20 October 2014) Nomad Digital, has signed a contract with Virgin Trains to undertake a fleet-wide WiFi upgrade.

The Nomad upgrade will be deployed on 56 Pendolinos and 20 Super Voyager trains, and will offer Virgin Trains’ customers significantly increased bandwidth on-board, as well as improved connection availability across all routes.

The upgrade will see Nomad’s technology delivering up to 12MBPS to passenger WiFi users on the 56 Pendolino trains, with the fleet of 20 Super Voyager trains transmitting speeds of up to 8MBPS. Nomad’s on-board routers are also 4G-ready, capable of providing superfast WiFi on-board in anticipation of the completion of new trackside infrastructure by Network Rail.

Nomad’s solution has been developed to support the long-term Passenger WiFi needs for Virgin Trains, through a scalable and future-proof platform that is already utilised by some of the world’s largest rail operators, such as Amtrak in the US, Queensland Rail in Australia and PKP Intercity in Eastern Europe.

Nomad’s General Manager of EMEAI, said, “Nomad is proud to be playing an integral role in Virgin Trains’ commitment to providing fast and reliable WiFi for its customers.

As a service that is already in huge demand for Virgin passengers, Nomad’s upgraded solution will provide significant improvements for on-board WiFi speed and overall availability – partnered with 4G-ready technology that will significantly enhance the on-board WiFi experience, with scalability in mind.”

The Passenger WiFi upgrade, which is scheduled for completion during the summer of 2015 – marks one of the largest UK train connectivity deployments to date.

Virgin Trains Executive Commercial Director, said, “This work will ensure our trains and stations are equipped to cope with the demands of 21st century passengers.

“We know that WiFi is top of the list of areas where customers want improvement so we’re delighted to be moving ahead with this.

From next year passengers will be able to download films, music and other content at stations and stay connected during their journey. It will give customers even more to reason to choose to travel with us.”

About Nomad Digital

Nomad Digital is the world’s leading provider of passenger and fleet connectivity solutions to the railway industry. It offers a broad solutions portfolio to transport operators and builders that significantly enhance passenger experience and increase fleet operational efficiency.

Its integrated and scalable solutions include the multi-award winning and patent-protected Passenger WiFi, enabling seamless connectivity with the internet and on-board infotainment. In addition, its Passenger Information System for live journey, multi-media information and Passenger Portal Framework simplifies the creation of custom portals for on-board services and entertainment. And Nomad’s Remote Online Condition Monitoring, Driver Assist and Power Train products are targeted at identifying efficient fleet maintenance operations and improving fuel economy.

Nomad is the pioneer of the Intelligent journey – a shared and secure network infrastructure to which all authorised on-board systems and passenger devices may connect.

For more information on Nomad Digital please contact:
Vicki Sloan, Global Marketing and Events Manager
+44 (0) 207 096 6966 Ext. 2082
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