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Technology and innovation

Attractive services and modern technologies are prerequisites for future-oriented mobility and logistics programmes. Customer benefits, safety and quality are right at the top of our agenda with a view to costs and sustainability.

The railways as drivers of innovation

From railway construction to the system landscape. ÖBB-Infrastruktur provides the stimulus for research and development. We present some examples.

Research & Development (Video)

Mobile communication

Keyword: Digitisation. We make phone calls, send text messages, receive e-mails, surf the internet and use social networks. With an investment package of EUR 100 million, ÖBB, the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology as well as the mobile communications companies A1, Drei and T-Mobile are improving mobile communications coverage along the most important railways lines in Austria. In addition, railway stations are being equipped with WLAN. By the end of 2018, around 1,500 kilometres of the domestic railway network should have better mobile reception. The network coverage will be upgraded according to the state of technology in all common mobile communications standards (2G, 3G, 4G).

Woman holding her mobile at the station platform.

  Better mobile communications

Draft of a map of Austria, including a zoom of Vienna.                                                                                                                                                                         red = phase 1; blue = phase 2

Mobile communications and health

The upgrade of the mobile communications infrastructure is taking place exclusively on railway land. Existing infrastructure along the railway lines, such as the transmitter masts of the radio system is preferred. Traction current masts can also be used. The locations are connected to the fibre optic network of ÖBB-Infrastruktur, which offers speeds of up to 600 Mbit/s and meets the latest mobile communications standards. In this regard, we would like to provide you with some information about the topic of mobile communications and health. Our partners, the mobile communications operators, orientate themselves to internationally valid guidelines of the World Health Organisation (WHO), which are also subject to binding application in Austria in conjunction with ÖVE/ÖNORM E8850. The limit values they specify for mobile communications systems are scientifically acknowledged and form the basis for your safety and ours. Measures for upgrading mobile communications concern the railway line only - antenna alignments are focused on the railway line and serve to improve the safety of railway operations and better mobile wireless communications on board the trains.

Surfing at the railway station

WLAN at the railway station. ÖBB-Infrastruktur makes high-speed internet available at heavily frequented railway stations. Around one million people use the free internet access every month. We are expanding our offer continuously as part of our digitisation strategy.

Terms of use

As an internet service provider, we are required by law to register, identify and collect usage data for each customer, which will also be handed over to the investigatory authorities as required. The saved usage data include data transfer volumes, IP address, MAC address, times and browser language. Terms of use (German)