Cobham Launches Intelligent Digital OnBoard Repeater Solution for Trains

Cobham Wireless has introduced their next generation digital on-board repeater set to revolutionise on-train cellular communications. The next generation of the idOBR (Intelligent Digital OnBoard Repeater) solution is an upgrade to their existing solution. It 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 much more compact than current provisioning systems and includes a reduction in size to 2HU, making the unit more versatile than traditional solutions and offering the space savings demanded by the railway industry.

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

The repeater solution supports advanced wireless MIMO technology and multi-band support. It enables high quality communication across international borders, connecting seamlessly to the Cobham Wireless range of next generation cellular coverage solutions, including their innovative idDAS system and associated railway cellular and public safety products.  

This new platform offers advantages for all stakeholders; 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.