This article first appeared in the Railway-News magazine Issue 4 2021.
Travelling at a leisurely pace, the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGB) and the Gornergratbahn (GGB) meander through the alpine landscape between Zermatt – Visp/Brig-Andermatt-Disentis and from Andermatt to Göschenen.
They connect people and regions: the cantons of Valais, Uri and Grisons. The scenic spectacle passengers get to behold along around 144km of track and at an altitude of more than 3,300m is immense.
Towering mountains, pristine valleys, ice-grey glacial tongues – it is as if the train and the environment have merged into one. The trains make their way through 50 tunnels and rock sheds, across bizarre gorges and along cosy mountain lakes. Millions of passengers from all around the world take the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz or admire the Matterhorn and the glacial mountain landscape from the Gornergrat ridge.
When there is so much beauty to admire, passengers want to be able to post and share their experiences and videos straight away and for that they need a fast internet connection. In order to prevent the many visitors from outside Switzerland from having to pay expensive roaming charges, Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn provides its passengers
with continuous wifi. A passenger might travel from Visp to Zermatt, alight, and take the rack railway up to the Gornergrat ridge. This passenger will remain continuously connected to the free wifi via their smartphone – both in the trains and at the stations. There is no need to repeatedly register or accept terms and conditions, something that is tedious to do. The use of two modems with LTE Adv increases the bandwidth of passengers on board the trains to enable uninterrupted surfing.
To achieve this, both railways, the MGB and the GGB, are banking on technology by onway, the leading provider of uninterrupted wifi networks. Thanks to its intelligent roaming technology, devices are recognised after a one-time registration, so that they are automatically connected to the internet again at next use. This gives passengers a continuous surfing experience. In order to guarantee an uninterrupted internet reception in the mountains, onway uses several mobile providers simultaneously, bundling all available capacities to create a maximally performing train-land connection.
onway has been selected as one of eight companies classified as particularly innovative at the Railway Forum 2021 in Berlin.
Use the form opposite to get in touch with onway ag directly to discuss any requirements you might have.