Alstom buys on-board internet and infotainment provider 21net

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Alstom has announced an agreement has been reached to acquire 21net, a provider of on-board internet and infotainment system for the rail industry.

Sharing the news on March 6, Alstom said that the transaction is expected to close one month from now, from which point it will begin the integration of 21net. The value of the acquisition was not revealed.

The takeover comes one year after Alstom acquired Nomad Digital.

Alstom senior vice-president for digital mobility François Beaudoin said: “The demand for seamless connectivity throughout passengers’ journey is today a must. Alstom will support operators in the acceleration of digital trends worldwide.”

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21net is headquartered in the UK with subsidiaries in Belgium, France, Italy and India. It employs 50 people and had a turnover of around €16 million in 2017.

The company notably installed wi-fi equipment for high-speed trains in France with a contract signed with SNCF in 2016.

Alstom has already worked with 21net on the wi-fi and infotainment equipment of the NTV train fleet in Italy.

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