AVITEC has won a €3·5m contract to install OnBoard Repeaters to improve mobile telephone coverage on Swedish X2000 trains.

Under the agreement signed by SJ, TeliaSonera, 3, Tele 2 and Vodafone in October, the entire fleet of 200 cars will be equipped by June 2006. A roof-mounted antenna is connected to multi-band repeaters, which amplify signals from outside the train to eliminate the shielding of the bodyshell and windows. The repeaters support GSM-R for use by train operators, and discussions are ongoing about installing the equipment on further vehicles.