First Great Western have signed a deal with Nomad Digital which will see its High Speed Train and Night Riviera Sleeper services decked out with free WiFi in 2014.
Customers boarding the 53 new First Great Western trains will be able to check emails and work on the go or stream full episodes of TV shows or movies on laptops and tablets during long journeys.
Complementing the free Cloud WiFi that’s already available at several First Great Western stations, the new wireless internet service will arrive on the trains next year.
Read Recombu Digital’s guide to WiFiNomad Digital will provide the WiFi on 53 First Great Western trains, with work starting in May due to be finished in June 2014.
First Great Western Managing Director Mark Hopwood said:
“We have trialled WiFi on board our fleet of Class 180 trains, serving the north Cotswolds, and it has been very well received by customers.
“I am delighted that we are able to extend this free service, and within the next year all High Speed and Sleeper fleet customers will be able to read their emails, browse the web, or simply catch up with friends while on the move.”
Consumer demand for ubiquitous free public WiFi has increased in recent years. Virgin Media has set up a WiFi service covering most of the London Underground and the Sky-owned Cloud provides WiFi at London Overground stations and over 100 Greater Anglia train stations.
If it’s not public transport its the UK’s pubs that are filling up with WiFi. BT and Sky both supply pub chains including Young’s and Punch Taverns with WiFi. Thirsty straight edgers with laptops can find solace at Costa and Starbucks, where O2 and BT supply the free internet.