EE targets 1Gbps for on-train broadband

EE has said that it is in discussions to provide the UK's railways with a network capable of providing passengers with 1Gbps download speeds using LTE backhaul.

The MNO is planning to implement this on one railway line next year and should that be commercially successful, EE will extend it to as many lines as possible prior to the arrival of commercial 5G networks. As part of the discussions with the Home Office, EE may extend this project to the London Underground and Crossrail. It is developing a roadmap for the roll-out of this network for railways over the next 3-4 years.

Mansoor Hanif, director of radio access networks at EE, giving a presentation on "EE’s aspirations for the rail industry and the impact of ESN" at a "Going Underground" event organised by Cobham and RFS.

The roadmap will investigate the use of:

EE has also been using Gilat Satellite Networks, a provider of products and services for satellite-based broadband communications, in its trials. This has led it to discover that the satellite backhaul provided will be able to act as a backup to the small cells and macrosites for the network when needed.

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