In order to improve rail passengers’ mobile connections along railways in (usually) sparsely populated areas the FPS Economy has launched a call for projects.

Thanks to that subsidy existing GSM-R pylons can be upgraded to 5G technology to be used by commercial mobile network operators.

For the call for projects a subsidy budget of 11,200,000 euro has been set.

The allocation of the available budget will be split into three options:

  • upgrade to 5G-ready GSM-R pylons;
  • installing extra antennas on existing pylons;
  • adjusting antennas in the direction of the track on existing pylons.

Project proposals can be submitted at until 06 September 2023.

More information about how you can participate can be found on the Projectoproep 2023-5G Rail page on the website of the FPS Economy. (FR - NL)


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