UK-based provider of high speed internet access to train companies, 21Net, has launched a pilot Wi-Fi broadband access service on the Thalys railway line linking Brussels and Paris, following the completion of technical trials carried out on Spain’s railway system. Passengers travelling between the two cities will be able to connect to the internet at speeds of up to 2Mbps (download) and 4Mbps (upload). The project is being financially supported by the European Space Agency (ESA). 21Net’s service will be free to users of the route for the first six weeks of operation. The company, established in 2001, has not released any prices for the service proper, saying only that they will be similar to other Wi-Fi tariffs and will be payable by pre-paid cards or credit cards.