DB and Vodafone agreement will improve mobile connection speeds for passengers on high-speed trains

GermanRail (Deutche Bahn or DB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Vodafone to jointly remove all the black spots from Vodafone’s 4G network across the German rail network, the International Railway Journal has revealed. ice trains germany internet

Vodafone germany says that by mid-2025, it will aim to provide a 225mbps LTE service along 7800km of main line routes served by ICE and IC trains, and a 125mbps LTE service along a further 13,800km of other routes that carry more than 2000 passengers a day.

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To achieve this Vodafone must install 160 new transmitters and upgrade around 1000 existing transmitters along DB’s busiest inter-city lines. DB will provide the land and fibre-optic infrastructure along its lines. It will also explore new technologies such mobile radio permeable window panes to improve connectivity within trains.

Vodafone also plans to make its 5G+ network available across the rail network from mid-2025, which will allow speeds up of to 225mbps with lower latency than the existing network. DB told the International Railway Journal that the free onboard Wi-Fi, which is based on all three main telecommunication networks in Germany, will also benefit from the improvement in Vodafone’s trackside network.

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What is the difference between ICE and IC trains?

ICE trains are the flag-ship trains of Deutsche Bahn. They are the fastest (up to 300km/h) and most comfortable trains. There are international ICE services to most neighboring countries. IC trains are often older, slightly less comfortable long-distance trains.

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