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The UK is leading Europe on the availability of wireless broadband services onboard trains, it has been reported.

According to BWCS, there are more than twice as many Wi-Fi-enabled carriages in the UK (2,000) than in the nearest rival Germany (911).

The consultancy noted that the UK has stolen a march in a fast-growing market - one that is expected to grow from £37.5 million in 2011 to £64 million in 2021.

Betty Altemuller, BWCS's Report Author, said that "as competition becomes a reality, operators old and new are scrambling to make their trains Wi-Fi-receptive".

"There is an increasingly compelling business case for train companies to get Wi-Fi onto their rolling stock," she stated.

"[This is] both in terms of giving them a unique selling point in the battle to win passengers and in terms of reducing operating costs."

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