Ofcom has today announced that they will be freeing up some satellite bandwidth in order to bring superfast internet access to trains, boats and aircrafts in the UK, allowing for around 10Mbit/sec speeds for every passenger, the new service should deliver 10 times faster connections than what is currently available, whilst also being a lot more stable whilst traveling.
The service will work by using earth stations on these vehicles that can receive 50Mbit/sec of data from satellites in geostationary orbit, creating a connection that should remain stable even at high speeds.
Philip Marnick, group director of spectrum at Ofcom, said: “We want travellers to benefit from superfast broadband on the move at the kind of speeds they expect from their connection at home.
“Today’s decision means that operators of trains, boats and planes will soon be able to begin the process of making these valuable services available to their passengers.”
Ofcom says that they should be able to begin accept applications to license ship-mounted earth stations by February, with work for the aircraft versions already beginning for a similar release time, they also mentioned that Train-based Earth stations should be ready for this summer.