Advice to Government on improving rail passenger access to data services

16 October 2018

Following a request from the Government as part of its ongoing work to improve mobile connectivity on the rail network, this document outlines Ofcom’s advice to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on the following:

  • current and future demand for data services from passengers on the UK’s mainline railways;
  • spectrum bands that have the potential to meet these data requirements and could, in principle, be used for track-to-train connectivity; and
  • how, in principle, Ofcom might authorise the use of spectrum for rail connectivity (although we have not yet considered whether spectrum should be made available for these purposes).

We will continue to work with industry, DCMS and HM Government as they further develop their plans to improve passenger connectivity on rail routes.

Advice to Government on improving rail passenger access to data services: Spectrum for trackside connectivity solutions and rail passenger data demand (PDF, 4.6 MB)