Cobham Wireless has announced the launch of its idOBR solution that 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 existing provisioning systems and includes a reduction in size up to 2 HU, making it more versatile than traditional solutions and offering the space savings demanded by the railway industry.

With its MIMO, multi-technology and multiband 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 for all stakeholders. Mobile operators can enjoy an increase in throughput, versatility and customer satisfaction, while train operators can reduce the space required for telecom equipment. The extra space offered by the unit’s versatility provides train operators the opportunity to utilise the space previously reserved for communication devices to accommodate more passengers. Meanwhile, for manufacturers, the key benefits are its simpler and cheaper installation.