21Net is currently deploying a complete Internet and Multimedia system on the new Alstom AGV trains for NTV in Italy. As part of this system, an IPTV solution enables passengers to view live television while traveling at 300kph. IPTV will be used to broadcast live events such as sports or newscasts on-board the train. During the trial period, 21Net has been able to test the system at speeds exceeding 300 kph, with optimal performance results, allowing the company to now offer this IPTV solution to other railway companies.
Using an intelligent combination of multicasting and unicast delivery, the solution produces high quality video playback despite intermittent interruptions by bridges, short tunnels, etc. In this way, the efficient use of bandwidth shared across the fleet provides a compelling on-board TV experience at modest cost.
The 21Net Internet and Multimedia solution featured prominently at the recent NTV press launch in Italy covered by The Financial TImes, Reuters, Times of India and many others.
"This is the most modern train in Europe. We are the first to use this train," Mr Montezemolo said at the unveiling ceremony at Nola, a logistics hub near Naples where NTV has built a €90m maintenance centre to be used by Alstom to service the trains. The 11-carriage trains offer three classes, with constant WiFi throughout provided by satellite transmission. One carriage is a dedicated 39-seat cinema. All carriages also offer satellite TV through internet provided by 21Net, an Anglo-Belgian company."
Financial Times, December 13th, 2011, Nola, Italy