Dear Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company,

With reference to my previous request(http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/13..., there was mention in your response of:

"two mobile Wifi specialist companies carried out 3G mobile coverage surveys over the NIR network using multiple providers."

And

"a number of route signal surveys for different telecom providers (Vodafone, O2 and BT) were provided. This survey work covered some of the main Goldline routes, Goldine services being those targeted for fitment of Wifi facilities. Again, results indicated that proposals were feasible. "

Please can you provide me with:

a) the results of these mobile coverage surveys by the 2 specialist companies for the trains and the route signal surveys provided for the Goldline service.

b) The metrics used by yourselves and your suppliers which decided whether a route was feasible to have the wifi service installed.

Yours faithfully,

Simon whittaker

FOI, Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company

Dear Mr. Whittaker,

I note your request for further information in relation to the survey work undertaken prior to award of the tender for WiFi facilities for Translink buses and trains.

The detailed results of the coverage surveys undertaken are commercially binding as a result of the Invitation To Tender and Contractual process and as such we would not propose to publicise them. However, mobile telecoms providers do publish their coverage maps on their websites.

The metrics used by the suppliers to demonstrate if a route was feasible for Wifi would, in our view be treated in a similar manner, i.e. as commercially binding as a result of the Invitation To Tender and Contractual process.

As outlined previously, if you are not satisfied with this response you may request a review by writing to the Translink Director of Human Resources &Organisational Development, who has overall responsibility for Freedom of Information and Data Protection issues within the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company/Translink organisation. Correspondence should be addressed to the above-mentioned at: Translink, Central Station, East Bridge Street, Belfast BT1 3PB.

If we are then unable to resolve any complaint that you may have, you may refer the matter to the Information Commissioner who will make an independent judgement. The address of the Information Commissioner is: Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AT. The address of the Information Commissioner’s Office for Northern Ireland is: 51 Adelaide Street, Belfast, BT2 8FE.

Yours sincerely,

Janice Davidson
FOI Co-ordinator
For and on behalf of Translink

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