Why Amtrak’s 4G upgrade isn’t likely to make on-train Wi-Fi any more reliable

Why Amtrak’s 4G upgrade isn’t likely to make on-train Wi-Fi any more reliable

Amtrak this week announced plans to upgrade its on-train Wi-Fi backbone to 4G, claiming the improved infrastructure will offer faster speeds and a more reliable connection for travelers. The first half of that seems reasonable enough; LTE from Verizon and AT&T (Amtrak relies on both carriers to achieve nationwide Wi-Fi) will undoubtedly boost download speeds for those using smartphones, tablets, and laptops aboard the company’s trains. But as The Atlantic points out, reliability remains another matter altogether — one that won’t necessarily be solved by 4G.

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Why Amtrak’s 4G upgrade isn’t likely to make on-train Wi-Fi any more reliable

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