Ofcom has approved the use of satellite-based technology on trains, planes, boats and coaches in the UK that will enable superfast broadband speeds to the public while on the movie. The regulator says that it has set aside a large amount of high-frequency spectrum that will allow public transport to deliver internet speeds that are up to ten times faster. Philip Marnick, Group Director of Spectrum at Ofcom, said,
We want travellers to benefit from superfast broadband on the move at the kind of speeds they expect from their connection at home. Today’s decision means that operators of trains, boats and planes will soon be able to begin the process of making these valuable services available to their passengers.
Previously we've had to rely on 3G masts and older satellite technology to provide internet to customers so it's never really been that great when on the move. But thanks to Ofcom backing the new technology we could potentially see a massive improvement this year. The newer antennas that will be fitted have a very stable pointing accuracy, so even when mounted on a fast-moving vehicle the earth station can track the satellite closely. This allows for a much more reliable internet connection.