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Early Christmas Present as Ofcom and DfT Publish Data on UK Trackside Connectivity

Thu 9 Jan 2020

Christmas has come early for the hardy band of souls with an interest in improving train to shore wireless links – Ofcom has released its findings on the state of connectivity along the UK rail corridor.  Since October 2017 the UK telecoms regulator has been collecting data related to mobile signal strengths along the length and breadth of Britain’s railways. To do this, it has employed a series of four of Network Rail’s so-called “yellow” engineering trains.

Now, just in time for the Festive Period, Ofcom is releasing the data collected between June 2018 and June 2019 under its open data policy. It says it is doing so in order that “Industry and policymakers can make full use of the information we have collected.”

As a festive gift from the regulator (via BWCS) we are sending you the link to the data on Ofcom’s website here. Look for the “Spectrum open data” button. There are three files available (one each for 2G/GSM, 3G/UMTS and 4G/LTE) along with an explanatory document which outlines how the data was collected and what it represents. This has been published alongside Ofcom’s annual Connected Nations report, which you can find on the DfT website here.

Meanwhile, we at BWCS would like to wish you all a very Merry festive season and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. We hope to see you all again during the year, especially in June at Traincomms2020 – check out the new website, where previous year’s presentations and our free news service is available – .

For information on attending the 2020 event, please contact The 2020 conference ( ) is sponsored by Icomera, Nomad Digital, Fluidmesh and RADWIN.

PS For Wireless Suppliers who may be interested, BWCS has launched a brand new conference on the growing market for private wireless networks and 5G services at Ports – for the full story.