Nomad Digital, one of the key suppliers of wireless connectivity solutions for the transportation sector, has been chosen to install Wi-Fi service on the the new Eurostar e320. Nomad Digital has been contracted by Siemens to supply Wi-Fi systems on 10 e320 trains.
Separately, in 2011, Nomad had been awarded a contract by Eurostar directly to supply Wi-Fi solutions on its existing fleet which is undergoing a major programme of refurbishments. Both contracts will see delivery of modern, high-speed passenger Wi-Fi across Eurostar’s entire fleet.
Haydn Abbott, Nomad Digital’s Interim CEO, claims the e320 passenger Wi-Fi win is a credit to Nomad’s superior solution: “Siemens’ decision to award Nomad the contract to equip Eurostar’s e320 trains with Wi-Fi demonstrates the quality of the Nomad solution as well as the value of its client service. We are delighted and proud to be part of such a prestigious project.”
Nigel Broughton, Siemens contract manager, said: “We are pleased to be working with Nomad on this exciting and high profile project. We hope Eurostar passengers will enjoy the fast and reliable Wi-Fi solution that will be available on board.”
The introduction of the new e320 trains is part of Eurostar’s £700million investment in its fleet. This includes the complete overhaul and refurbishment of the existing fleet as well as the purchase of 10 new e320 trains from Siemens.
Wi-Fi service is already available on TGV Thalys trains between France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland. Wi-Fi service is free for certain ticket classes. I tried the Wi-Fi service on the Thalys between Paris and Amsterdam recently. It’s not as fast as I thought it would be, but it’s enough for sending email and checking websites.