Trains in Northern Ireland gaining free Wi-Fi perk

Free Wi-Fi is being added to 47 trains operated by Northern Ireland's Translink NI Railways, which said it hopes the perk will encourage more people to switch from private car transportation to rail transportation.

"More and more people are using their train commute to access their emails or catch up on social media, allowing them to make more of their time. This new free Wi-FI facility will add value and make it even easier for our passengers to stay in touch," said David Lowry, senior technical engineer at Translink, which is owned by the U.K. government.

The service will also be available on the cross border Enterprise fleet that travels the Belfast to Dublin route and on Translink Goldline coaches in Northern Ireland. The rollout is slated for completion this fall.

Nomad Digital, which specializes in wireless solutions for the transportation sector, is outfitting Translink's fleet. Nomad has also supplied Wi-Fi gear for Amtrak, Arriva, Dubai Metro, Eurostar, National Express, Queensland Rail and Virgin Trains. The company's networks and solutions are deployed in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia on more than 7,000 vehicles, serving more than 1 billion passengers and covering 50,000 kilometers of track.

For more:
- see this Translink release

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