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16 March, 2006 - 09:04 By Staff Reporter

Free broadband for London commuters

Passengers travelling by coach between Cambridge and London can access free broadband internet thanks to a collaboration between National Express and wireless specialist, Telabria.Passengers travelling by coach between Cambridge and London can access free broadband internet thanks to a collaboration between National Express and wireless specialist, Telabria.

Telabria’s mSystem mobile Wi-Fi hotspots have been installed on coaches between London and Cambridge on its 010 service, giving travellers internet access through their laptops and PDAs.

The trial is partly an effort by Europe’s largest scheduled coach operator to increase the number of business travellers on the London to Cambridge service and has been coordinated with the addition of a new Canary Wharf stop on the route.

Each coach on the route will carry Telabria’s innovative mSystem MobilAP-3G, a multi-radio system that combines an 802.11b/g access point with 3G data network backhaul in a unit that weighs just 3lbs (1.4kg).

Gerry Price, head of engineering for National Express, said: “It’s not just the business community who will benefit. Mobile communication is increasingly being seen as a pre-requisite by a wide variety of travellers on the move.”

Jim Baker, CEO and founder of Telabria, added: “National Express is the first UK public transport operator to recognise the potential benefits of the completely portable wifi system we have developed.”

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