ÖBB Logo
Technical laboratory

Technology and innovation

Attractive services and modern technologies are prerequisites for future-oriented mobility and logistics programs. Customer benefits, safety and quality while keeping a focus on costs and sustainability are right at the top of our agenda.

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: Digitalization. We are used to making phone calls, sending text messages, receiving e-mails, surfing the internet and using social media. By mid 2019, around 1.500 kilometres of the railway network will have been upgraded to seamless 2G (GSM), 3G (UMTS) and 4G (LTE) coverage in order to allow mobile broadband services, such as access to social media, to news, to audio and video services, or to spend time on work or entertainment. With an investment package of EUR 100 million, ÖBB together with the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology and with the three mobile network operators A1, Drei and T-Mobile, is improving mobile coverage along the most important railways lines in Austria. In addition, railway stations are being equipped with WLAN.

Woman holding her mobile at the station platform.

Improved mobile communications

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

Mobile communications and health

For upgrading the mobile communications infrastructure, existing masts and other infrastructure along the railway lines will be used as much as possible. New sites will be built exclusively on ÖBB property. The sites are connected to the fibre optic network of ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG, which offers speeds of up to 600 Mbit/s per site and which meets the latest mobile communications standards.  Measures for upgrading coverage along the railway lines and for improving the safety of railway operations and the mobile communication services on board the trains imply, that the antennas are orientated along the railway lines. The three mobile network operators A1, Drei and T-Mobile strictly adhere to the internationally valid guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO), which are also subject to binding application in Austria in conjunction with ÖVE/ÖNORM E8850. The maximum permissible values specified by WHO are scientifically acknowledged and form the basis for your and our safety.

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)