A Track Record of Innovation

21net developed the world’s first bi-directional satellite communications system capable of delivering broadband Internet to high-speed trains with the support of European Spatial Agency in 2004. Since then we have introduced many more innovations for the rail sector.

Since our creation, our corporate strategy is to differentiate ourselves through innovation. 21net devotes more than 20% of its revenue to R&D.

One of our main strategic thrusts is to provide the world’s best train-to-ground connectivity performance. This requires advanced technology in terms of software (algorithms to maximize bandwidth), hardware (best equipment platform to support high performance in a train environment), radio network knowledge (optimized modems and antennas, related engineering capabilities) as well as end-to-end TCP/IP performance optimization.

Excellence in R&D

At 21net we have created a high-performance R&D team with a mix of senior, mid-level and junior employees with engineering and PhD degrees. We have enrolled world-class telecommunication researchers to continuously improve our connectivity technologies and algorithms.

21net leverages knowledge acquired in different sectors where technology may be more advanced (i.e., mobile network infrastructure, cloud-based IT infrastructures) to fuel our innovations. As an example, our connectivity includes deep monitoring capabilities that are improved through drive tests popularized in mobile network design.

Our Future

Our company was founded on an innovative concept: providing Internet connectivity to high-speed trains. Since our earliest days we have worked closely with European agencies and developed innovations through funded projects. We continue being an active member of European applied research studies – on our own and with strategic partners.

21net continues to evolve its product portfolio and internal capabilities with technological developments provided by our R&D team. Our goal is to support our customers with expert guidance and a smooth transition to future technologies, empowering them to successfully launch their next-generation onboard network.