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Norway rolls along with Internet on trains. Train passengers wanting improved Internet coverage on trains may be able to sit and surf from their seat in the very near future. The National Rail Administration (Jernbaneverket) has already started building out capacity on the busiest stretches. The move follows last year’s request by the Parliamentary Transport and Communications Committee to the government to look at the possibility of making train-based Internet coverage better. According to present construction plans, train travellers within the so-called Intercity Triangle (Skien-Oslo-Lillehammer) could notice the difference already from the beginning of 2011.

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Norway rolls along with Internet on trains

Published on Thursday, 30th September, 2010 at 17:57 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Train passengers wanting improved Internet coverage on trains may be able to sit and surf from their seat in the very near future. The National Rail Administration (Jernbaneverket) has already started building out capacity on the busiest stretches.

A high-speed train in Norway
A high-speed train in Norway
Photo: Øystein Grue/Jernbaneverket


Priorities

The move follows last year’s request by the Parliamentary Transport and Communications Committee to the government to look at the possibility of making train-based Internet coverage better.

According to present construction plans, train travellers within the so-called Intercity Triangle (Skien-Oslo-Lillehammer) could notice the difference already from the beginning of 2011.

Torbjørn Berger, head of JBV Nett tells The Foreigner data speeds and capacity will be comparable with what network operators offer today.

“It won’t be state-of-the-art technology, but it all depends on which technical model is chosen. There are three possibilities. Signals in trains can be amplified, there could be one central data trunk from the trains to the network, or all the available networks could be used all the time, a so-called ‘load-balancing’ technique.”

However, other parts of the country will have to wait, according to Berger.

“That is because 80 percent of passengers use the triangle. There are more people who use trains between Moss and Oslo than between Trondheim and Bodø, say.“

There are also geographical and financial considerations.

“Whilst coverage is quite good in the east of the country, there is an inadequate number of base stations further north. The infrastructure has to be improved, but the problem is you have to build more for less people,” he says.

Berger could not say how much train-based Internet will cost, however.

“This has not been decided yet and is really up to the train operators themselves. It could be included in the price of the ticket.”

Partial solution

Meanwhile, passengers wishing to know more about their journeys can now use their mobile as of yesterday.

There is information about train times, delays, a GPS service to help you find your way to the station, and more. The Administration says live traffic information will be available this autumn.

IPhone owners can download a special app from the Appstore for free. Although Android users will have to wait a little while, some information is available on m.jbv.no.



Published on Thursday, 30th September, 2010 at 17:57 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: internet, mobiles, trains, iphone, apple, app, government, parliament, norway, norwegian, jernbaneverket, national, rail, administration.





  
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