evo-rail (a First Group company) is proud to be the exclusive provider of rail-5G , the world’s first rail-5G track-to-train onboard Wi-Fi solution – designed for the railways by rail experts.

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The rail-5G solution has taken many years to develop, designing every aspect to be both affordable and deployable on the railways. The standards and regulations set globally for trackside and train installations have been exceeded with a service that provides extraordinary reliability.

evo-rail and our partners deliver an end-to-end rail-5G solution. Our combined team own, maintain and operate it on behalf of our customers with the opportunity to commercialise any overage (additional bandwith).

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RAIL-5G Benefits

Rail-5G not only enables customers through the on-train Wi-Fi but also Operational systems, let alone offering an array of strong financial benefits that all ensure a rapid Return on Investment (ROI). Rail-5G creates a whole new on-train market for bandwidth hungry applications and system, whether to improve train operations or making rail the preferred method of transport – fun and productive travel.

Step Change in CX

  • Customer satisfaction
  • Additional ridership and journeys
  • Low cost/gigabit

Truly Digitally Connected Train

  • Fully connected train systems
  • Live operational data and improvements
  • Safety & security
  • No mobile data charges

New Rail Market

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  • Connected systems revenue
  • Mobile operators
  • Customer top-up
  • New media/content opportunities
  • Rail IOT & data analytics
  • New PIS & multi-modal opportunities
  • Rapid return on investment


The skills that evo-rail and our partners have acquired while designing, developing and delivering rail communications have enabled us to enhance and support many projects and programmes. These consultancy services include:


Project and programme management


Financial modelling and business cases


Procurement, including OJEU


Independent review and assurance: Operational, technical and commercial


RF and IP networking


Skills and delivery based resource augmentation

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Although aggregating multiple SIM cards will enable the on-train Wi-Fi with 5-30Mbps, once shared with 500 to 1,000 customers it becomes useless, especially in times of disruption when customer need connectivity most. rail-5G offers an average throughput closer to 1Gbps which means that even after serving customers there is plenty of bandwidth for other commercial applications such as mobile operators, content providers and passenger top up opportunities.

The commercial opportunities for the ‘overage’ offer a clear return on investment, whether this is commercialised by evo rail as part of the service or by the train operator. This enables a variety of flexible commercial models to be applied.