NETHERLANDS: Train operator NS has awarded an initial five year contract to Nomad Digital and T-Mobile for the installation of 3G broadband services on its services.

Under what the supplier describes as one of its largest transport awards, Nomad Digital will deploy its R3500 mobile broadband gateway on 187 inter-city trains to provide connectivity to multiple 3G networks. The contract includes an option for a further five years, covering installation on up to 365 trainsets.

NS will use the equipment to provide wireless internet coverage on its NS Intercity services, offered free of charge to passengers at the outset to stimulate usage. It will also allow NS to give real-time running information, details of connections and automated announcements. The service is expected to be launched in March 2010.