Eurostar Awards On-board Wi-Fi Connectivity and Infotainment Contract to Nomad Digital Ltd.
LONDON, September 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –
Eurostar, the high speed rail service between UK and mainland Europe,
has awarded NOMAD Digital Ltd (‘NOMAD’), the specialist provider of
connectivity solutions to the rail industry, the contracts to supply
on-board Wi-Fi connectivity and state-of-the-art infotainment for its
existing fleet of high speed trains. This follows a rigorous, competitive
procurement process in which NOMAD emerged as the clear winner.
Over the next three years, Eurostar is making a GBP700 million
investment in its fleet. This includes the complete overhaul and
refurbishment of the existing fleet as well as the purchase of 10 new e320
train sets from Siemens. This programme of investment will ensure that
Eurostar will be able to expand its operations and provide its passengers
with the best possible travel experience and service in a competitive
environment across its entire fleet.
When the Eurostar refurbished trains and the new e320 trains come into
operation in 2013 and 2014 respectively, customers will have access to high
speed broadband internet on board. Passengers will also be able to view
and/or download pre-loaded entertainment/infotainment to their own devices
via a Secure Wireless LAN. The quality of the NOMAD technology is such that
passengers will enjoy a high speed connection to the internet at all times
throughout their journey, a seamless switchover at international borders and
connectivity wherever the customer is seated and whenever it is required.
In addition to providing connectivity solutions and infotainment the
contracts will also cover the provision of spares and maintenance (for 5
years) as well as monitoring and multilingual service support to customers.
Nick Mercer, Commercial Director at Eurostar, said: “We are very pleased
to be working with NOMAD and are confident that their Wi-Fi and infotainment
solutions will significantly enhance the on-board travel experience and
deliver our customers a high quality broadband service. Access to a high
speed internet and quality infotainment is increasingly important to
passengers and will ensure that whether they are travelling for business or
leisure, they get the most out of their journey. In a world of on-rail
competition providing the optimal digital experience will be key to our
Alexander Eriksen, CEO at NOMAD said: “We are delighted to have been
selected for provision of the wifi and infotainment solution for the
Eurostar fleet. This contract is very strategic to NOMAD representing its
entry into both the high speed rail and French markets. We look forward to
working with such a prestigious company as Eurostar and delivering a high
quality broadband experience to its customers.”
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Eurostar was established in 1994 as a partnership between three railway
companies: SNCF, SNCB and LCR (London and Continental Railways). On 1
September 2010, Eurostar became a single, unified corporate entity owned by
three shareholders: SNCF, SNCB and LCR.
The current Eurostar train was first introduced into service in 1994
carrying 750 passengers and operating at speeds of up to 300kph. Since then,
the fleet of 28 trains has carried more than 115 million passengers between
London and the Continent. Following their refurbishment these trains will
continue to form a core part of the Eurostar fleet.
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