Deutsche Bahn is investing one billion euros in 30 new ICE trains, which will initially be used in the rail connections between North Rhine-Westphalia and Munich via the Cologne / Rhein-Main high-speed line from 2022. The relevant order has now been placed with Siemens Mobility, like Deutsche Bahn communicates. With these new ICEs, the space available for long-distance transport for passengers increases by 13,000 seats.
The new ICE trains are touted as “innovative” by the new windows that are permeable to mobile communications and are being used for the first time on high-speed trains from Deutsche Bahn. The windows are manufactured using a high-tech process. A fine grid is lasered in the heat-insulating layer of the window, which allows the mobile radio waves to pass from the outside into the interior of the car. Both current and upcoming mobile radio standards are supported. However, Deutsche Bahn also explains: “The better the network coverage along the route, the greater the benefit of windows permeable to mobile communications.”
In this report from May 2020, the Federal Network Agency stated that Telekom had an LTE coverage of 96.4 percent nationwide on German rail routes. It is 95 percent at Vodafone and only 80.3 percent at Telefónica. However, the coverage requirement for network coverage is reached at 100 percent in the German rail network.
By 2026, Deutsche Bahn plans to use a total of 421 ICE trains with 220,000 seats in the German rail network. In addition to the 30 trains now ordered, there is also an option for 60 more new ICEs. The new ICEs are manufactured at Siemens locations in North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria and Austria. All new ICEs are based on the ICE 3 and each train has 440 seats and a top speed of 320 kilometers per hour. (PC world)