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Venlo, The Netherlands: Belden is supplying components for an updated multimedia network for Renfe’s high-speed trains, in a project led by Telefonica. Belden’s reputation, railway experience and proven technology combined to help win the contract.

The company is part of a team working on the award-nominated PlayRenfe project managed by Telefonica to enable ‘TV anywhere’ on the high-speed train network of Spain’s national railway operator, Renfe. The new WLAN and Wi-Fi service, a cutting-edge project which is also shortlisted for the IBC 2017 award, will provide 19 million Renfe passengers with easy access to multimedia content.

A variety of cabling, connectors and switches are being supplied by the company’s local partner, Colway, over the next four years. They include over 1,100 units of its OS30 Octopus switches. With rolling stock from three manufacturers, the company had to tailor the system to match the different trains.

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