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Connectivity/power outlets

Being on the move means mobility – in more ways than one. SBB works closely with the various mobile network operators in order to provide its passengers with the best connec-tion, both on the train and in the railway station.

SBB offers a free wifi service in the 80 largest railway stations in Switzerland. In addition, an increasing number of trains are being fitted with signal amplifiers, which guarantee good connectivity despite the insulated shells of modern trains. In total, 1,083 air-conditioned carriages and 51 long-distance configurations have already been equipped. For the regional service, 1,700 carriages will follow suit by 2022. However, universal wifi cov-erage will not be available on trains in the future: the extremely high expansion and oper-ating costs would lead to a rise in ticket prices. As a result, the service would be subsidised by passengers that do not need it. Due to the increasing availability of flat-rate data plans, wifi is becoming less significant.

The SBB Telecom measuring carriage regularly monitors coverage across the long-distance network, which spans approximately 2,000 km of railway. All mobile network providers supply about 95% of these tracks with 4G. According to the trade journal Connect, rail travellers in Switzerland have an average success rate of 97% for phone conversations. Pas-sengers on Austrian trains have to be content with 92%, and in Germany coverage reaches only 81%.

The SBB Telecom measuring carriage regularly monitors coverage across the long-distance network, which spans approximately 2,000 km of railway. All mobile network providers supply about 95% of these tracks with 4G. According to the trade journal Connect, rail travellers in Switzerland have an average success rate of 97% for phone conversations. Pas-sengers on Austrian trains have to be content with 92%, and in Germany coverage reaches only 81%.

Those who surf the internet, listen to music or make phone calls on the move need a power source in addition to a stable connection. Thus, the trains are being equipped not only with signal amplifiers, but also with 28,500 sockets next to the seats. Many passengers have already taken advantage of this. Thanks to new trains and the modernisation of current train configurations, the number of available outlets is increasing steadily.