Passengers travelling by air, rail or sea could soon have access to reliable, superfast mobile broadband now that Ofcom has freed up more satellite bandwidth.
Under Ofcom’s licensing changes, travel operators will be able to make use of improved satellite tech to provide faster connections to passengers.
According to Ofcom, the passengers will be able to attach “earth stations” to moving vehicles which connect to satellites stationed in space to provide connectivity. That could boost speeds to up to 10Mbits/sec per passenger.
“Newer antennas are capable of maintaining very stable pointing accuracy, allowing the earth station to track the satellite closely – even when mounted on a fast-moving vehicle. This makes it easier to maintain a reliable internet connection.” said Ofcom.