UK-based transport connectivity specialist Nomad Digital, reports that it has been signed by SNCF Voyageurs to upgrade the on-board WiFi service. The deal, which Nomad says is a four-year base frame contract, contains an option for a three-year extension, and will see the Newcastle-based company install its Internet On-Board 5G solution on the French company’s high-speed trains (TGV INOUI).
Nomad signed the deal following a comprehensive Public Tender exercise which lasted nine months. The terms call for the upgrading of up to 355 TGV INOUI high-speed trains across France. It also covers the operation and maintenance of the Internet On-Board solution to provide monitoring, reporting and train intervention services as part of a service level performance agreement.
Voyageurs is the passenger transport arm of the SNCF Group. It carries some five million passengers daily on its short and long-distance services in its home country of France, as well as across Europe. Its operations include Transilien in Ile-de-France; regional train operator TER, and TGV-Intercités.
Ralph Riot, Key Account Manager at Nomad Digital, commented “We are delighted to have been awarded this high-profile contract as we look to further strengthen our relationship with the customer and consolidate our leading IOB position in the French market. Enhancing the passenger experience is central to SNCF Voyageur’s vision to improve on-board services in an increasingly competitive market environment – we are grateful in the trust and confidence that SNCF Voyageurs has shown in us to help deliver this vision with innovative products and services.”
SNCF, officially launched passenger WiFi services back in 2016. Initially, it was only available on its high-speed Paris-Lyon route. Coverage on the Lyon line was later extended to routes from the capital to Bordeaux, Lille, Strasbourg, Rennes and Marseilles. The long-expected on-board service then became available on 19 of the company’s fleet of over 300 high-speed trains. The remainder were added during 2017.
New WiFi on Train Projects and Trackside Communications will feature heavily in this year’s Traincomms Conference, hosted by BWCS in London on the 14th and 15th of November, where Deutsche Bahn, Network Rail, Amtrak, OBB, SJ, TfL and SNCF, amongst others, will all be speaking.
There is more information at www.Traincomms.com , where you can obtain a full programme for the event, book your place and also sign up for our Free WiFi on Trains News Service… Or e-mail Ross.Parsons@BWCS.com if you have any questions at all about the event.
The 2023 Conference is sponsored by Huber+Suhner, Westermo, Boldyn Networks, Nomad Digital, GlobalReach Technology and Icomera. While, Xentrans, Antonics and Polomarconi are exhibitors.