14 July 2004
SBB and Swisscom Mobile have agreed to collaborate on fast, wireless Internet access (PWLAN). The seven Railcity stations in Switzerland are to be equipped with "hotspots" in the course of this year. This will be followed by the phased introduction of hotspots at 25 additional SBB stations. Rail travellers will also be able to enjoy wireless Internet access on board trains.
Passengers will also be able to access the Internet on board trains. In the first phase (up to September 2005), 35 single-decker IV coaches and 40 first-class double-decker IC-2000 coaches will be equipped with the infrastructure for online access. These coaches are used for long-distance routes, primarily along the East-West axis. Passengers will be able to access their e-mails, company data and the Internet during the journey. The radio signal is forwarded from the terminal device to an external antenna via antennas inside the train. The external antenna then sets up the online connection over the existing mobile network.
If the project proves successful, first-class coaches of ICN tilting trains and the remaining IC-2000 and EW IV coaches will be equipped for Internet access by the end of 2007.
Berne, 14 July 2004