Also at T-Mobile's press conference, RenÃ© Obermann, CEO of T-Mobile
gave an update about T-Mobiles W-LAN plans and expansion:
T-Mobile unveils today ambitious plans to further expand its Wi-Fi footprint across the world and aims to have 20,000 hotspots across the world by the end of the year. Currently, T-Mobile has over 5,300 hotspots in the US and over 7,000 hotpots across Europe.
As part of this, T-Mobile is offering WiFi hotspots on trains and the first
truly broadbrand Wi-Fi service on trains in the UK. The service is currently
being trialled in the UK on the London to Brighton route, one of the busiest
railway routes for business people travelling to and from London and will be
commercially launched in Spring.
The service is made possible by installing
Wi-Fi antennae inside train carriages, which in turn is connected to a WiMax
network running alongside the tracks. Careful network planning has allowed the
service to maintain a constant connection throughout the entire journey,
including in tunnels and under bridges. WiMax, a fixed-wireless technology based
on the 802.16 standard, allows for high speed connectivity of up to 32 Mbps
bi-directionally to and from the train.
The service will allow commuters an
additional 55 minutes of productive time in each direction â€“ allowing them to
read and respond to e-mails, surf the internet and connect securely to office
systems while they travel.
Cheers ~ Arne
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