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Press release

Broadband Internet in railway stations and on board trains

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.

In collaboration with the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), Swisscom Mobile is to install hotspots at the central railway stations (Railcities) of Basle, Berne, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, Winterthur and Zurich between now and the end of the year. Passengers with mobile equipment such as laptops and mobile phones will then be able to access the Internet, e-mails or their company servers from inside the railway station or on the platform - at speeds of up to 2 MBit per second. From the fourth quarter of 2004 onwards, hotspots will be installed at 26 additional railway stations from Geneva Airport to St. Gallen and from Schaffhausen to Lugano.

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


Swisscom AG
Media Relations
3050 Bern