An initial three-month pilot service will test the performance of the technology as well as assess customer interest.
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The Internet connection is made through a satellite-tracking antenna fixed to the roof of one of the carriages, while specially developed software maintains a continuous two-way link with the host satellite.
The connection is continuous even though the satellite is at an altitude of 36,000 km and the train is travelling at 300 km/h. The system potentially could deliver news and weather reports and even films – all streamed straight to passenger laptops.