Hispasat, Renfe Pilot Project Connects AVE Train Fleet – Satellite Today

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A Renfe S100 train. Photo: eldelinux (Flickr)

[Via Satellite 10-29-2015] Hispasat has implemented a connectivity solution for audiovisual services and Internet access on an AVE train, part of Spain’s high-speed rail system. This pilot project began at the end of May this year on a train from the Series 100 by Alstom, which covers the Madrid-Seville route.
The solution offered to Renfe combines satellite and 3G/4G connections throughout the train’s entire route. It includes Wi-Fi access that offers connectivity to more than 400 passengers simultaneously while the train is travelling at 350 km per hour. This solution also offers live television, a video system that provides information of the trip in real time, a video server with the latest film releases, as well as audio services and a virtual newsstand.

The Hispasat-Renfe project includes a gyro-stabilized antenna attached to the train chassis through an aerodynamic fitting. The antenna connects to capacity from satellites Hispasat 1D and 1E. On the basis of this pilot project, Renfe will provide entertainment and connectivity services on their high-speed trains, combining cellular and satellite communications through a contract awarded to Telefonica.

Satellite technology allows broadband services to be put into place more quickly in high-speed trains, according to Hispasat. In the medium and long term, satellite connection will guarantee continuous service throughout the train’s entire route, including areas outside of terrestrial networks.

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