Cobham Wireless announces better in-train comms


idOBR offers in-carriage MIMO and multi-band support for trains

Cobham Wireless, provider of wireless coverage and mobile comms systems, has announced the launch of its idOBR solution, a next generation digital on-board repeater designed to improve on-train mobile communications.

The on-board repeater solution offers high bandwidth in-carriage services for the railway communications market, enabling passengers to connect to robust 4G, 3G and 2G services even in the most challenging of environments.

The unit is more compact than current provisioning systems and includes a reduction in size to 2HU, making the unit versatile and offering space savings, claimed Cobham Wireless.

Offering MIMO, multi-technology and multi-band support, the idOBR enables high quality communication across international borders, connecting seamlessly to the Cobham Wireless range of next generation cellular coverage solutions, including its innovative idDAS system and associated railway cellular and public safety products.

The new platform offers advantages including that mobile operators can enjoy an increase in throughput, versatility and customer satisfaction, train operators can reduce the space required for telecoms equipment and for manufacturers, installation is simpler and can be cheaper.

“Cobham Wireless is proud to continually push forward railway cellular communication technology,” said Ingo Flömer, director of product management, Cobham Wireless. ”The idOBR will deliver high bandwidth services utilising a fraction of the power and space requirements of traditional on-board systems.

“The extra space offered by the unit’s versatility provides train operators with the opportunity to utilise the space previously reserved for technology for increased passenger capacity or to increase the number of units deployed to further improve capacity availability in carriages,” Flömer added.


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