This year the first PKP Intercity (Polish State Railway Company) customers will have access to Wi-Fi, movies and games. The service, provided by T-Mobile Polska, will be available on the most popular domestic and national routes.
The technology used as well as the size and range of the project set a new standard for the passenger transport industry. The contract signed on 23 January by the national rail carrier PKP and T-Mobile Polska will provide PKP Intercity customers with access to Wi-Fi, 40 movies, 15 TV series, 10 cartoons and games on the train. 10 percent of the multimedia content will change every month.
“Standards for global markets” “The model of implementing the service sets the standards for global markets. Our chief focus was on the highest quality of the delivered product,” highlights Marcin Celejewski, a member of the management board of PKP Intercity for trade. “Thanks to that, our passengers will be the first to receive the package: high speed internet, video on demand, access to TV series, movies, cartoons and games via laptops, tablet or smartphones,” he adds.
Wi-Fi access will be provided within 90 days of launching the installation in the first 30 train cars of choice. In total, T-Mobile will provide access to the services in 300 cars, which will be included in trains operating on the most popular domestic and international routes including among others the following routes: Bielsko-Biała and Warsaw– Vienna – Villach, Warsaw – Prague, Warsaw – Berlin and Warsaw – Cologne – Amsterdam.
“Good news for all users” There was never before in this part of Europe so large, modeled on the world’s best examples project. All train cars will be equipped with modems, internal and external antennas. All of the equipment and installation will be provided by the T-Mobile partner, Nomad Digital company, which is the world leader in this type of projects, which carried on the installation, among others in European countries, USA, Canada and Australia.
“We are the only company which undertook to provide data transfer on rail routes throughout the whole country. We have the appropriate network and capacities to implement this project at the highest level of standard,” said Miroslav Rakowski, CEO of T-Mobile Polska. “It is good news for all users, especially that, at least during the initial period, Wi-Fi will be free of charge for all, regardless of the network whose services they subscribe to.”