Over the next three years, HUBER+SUHNER will deliver complete connectivity solutions for 140 TGV trains of SNCF and thus support the world’s first broadband Wi-Fi on trains with speeds of up to 300km/h.
All components from a single source
All components needed for the communication networks will be delivered in kit form for each train. The kits will include RADOX® fiber optic Q-ODC assemblies, preassembled RADOX® radio frequency cables, SENCITY® antennas, RADOX® Railcat CAT7 databus cables and RADOX® power cables.
“As passenger numbers have risen over the years and modernisation of the TGV service has become increasingly important, the need to improve the passenger experience has also greatly increased,” said Didier Traube, Managing Director of INEO UTS. “HUBER+SUHNER provides us with all the passive components required for broadband passenger Wi-Fi on the TGV fleet. The kitting service, combined with HUBER+SUHNER’s ability to meet SNCF’s stringent requirements, has made this collaboration a resounding success.”
At the request of SNCF, the products from HUBER+SUHNER had to comply with the EN 45545-2 standard for fire safety, EN 50121 for electrical safety and EN 61373, which imposes strict requirements for vibration and impact resistance.
An important step in the French market
“The delivery for the TGV fleet demonstrates that HUBER+SUHNER is able to provide all passive components for communication solutions from a single source, whether wired or wireless and whether copper, fiber or coaxial connections,” said Patrick Riederer, Head of the Low Frequency division at HUBER+SUHNER. “This partnership is not only a very important step in the French market, but is also in line with our Connected Mobility market initiative, which aims to bring together the worlds of communication and railway. HUBER+SUHNER enables connected mobility – anywhere and at any time.”
The first commercial journey of the modernised TGV trains took place in December 2016. This was the first time passengers were able to use a broadband Wi-Fi network at speeds of up to 300 km/h – thanks to the connectivity technology of HUBER+SUHNER.
HUBER+SUHNER is a global company with headquarters in Switzerland that develops and manufactures components and system solutions for electrical and optical connectivity. With cables, connectors and systems – developed from the three core technologies of radio frequency, fiber optics and low frequency – the company serves customers in the communication, transportation and industrial sectors. The products deliver high performance, quality, reliability and long life – even under harsh environment conditions. Our global production network, combined with group companies and agencies in over 60 countries, puts HUBER+SUHNER close to its customers. Further information on the company can be found at hubersuhner.com.