National Express launches wireless broadband on Stansted route

Monday, June 13th 2011
The service is now available on coaches operating between London and Stansted Airport.
National Express launches wireless broadband on Stansted route
Passengers on National Express coaches running between Stansted Airport and London are now able to take advantage of free wireless broadband access.

The company has installed Wi-Fi technology from Icomera in all of its vehicles operating between the two locations and the service already proving popular with customers.

Since the facility was rolled out across the National Express fleet, more than 40,000 people have used it to connect to the web using enabled devices such as games consoles, smartphones, laptops and tablets.

According to National Express, the result is a sure sign that Wi-Fi is becoming an "ever-increasing requirement" for its passengers, particularly those arriving in the UK from abroad.

The London-Stansted Airport route is one of the company's most popular, with approximately four services running every hour on a 24/7 basis.

Moovbox, Icomera's wireless broadband equipment, has already been fitted to National Express coaches on a number of other routes, including those in Bournemouth, Gloucester and Southampton.

This device works by connecting to a high-speed up to 7.2Mbps mobile broadband line from T-Mobile and using it to relay Wi-Fi throughout the vehicle.

Dave Palmer, vice president and general manager of Icomera's road division, said the move is evidence of National Express's commitment to ensuring the needs of leisure and business travellers are met.

"With millions of new Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones and tablet PCs being purchased every month, the demand for reliable internet connectivity on the move is growing exponentially," he added.

"We are delighted to be supporting innovative customers like National Express in getting customers onboard and online."

Recognising the importance of Wi-Fi, the Department for Transport last year fined train operating company CrossCountry for failing to implement the technology on its routes, which run from Cornwall to north-east Scotland.

At the time, director of Passenger Focus Ashwin Kumar said: "Delivering Wi-Fi was a specific commitment in their franchise, so we urge CrossCountry to deliver this service as soon as possible." 

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