Die Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (German for Berlin Transport Company) is Berlin's main public transport company. BVG manages the city's underground railway (U-Bahn), tram, bus and ferry networks. The company uses TETRA communications is its underground and Tetrapol in its overground operations.
With its 3,000 vehicles, the BVG transported 1,064 million passengers in 2016 – more than 2.7 million passengers per day.
BVG chose its communication solution for its cost-effectiveness and technical capabilities. This public transport provider says that Airbus TETRA is the most cost-effective option to meet the functional requirements in the subway area with innovative digital mobile communications.
The TETRA radio network covers 10 metro lines with 173 metro stations. The combined length of metro tracks is 146 km. The network comprises:
- One TETRA switch
- 14 TETRA base stations
- Special coverage has been built for tunnels
- Indoor location system
The Tetrapol radio network covers 154 bus lines and 22 tram lines. The number of bus stops covered is 6,481 and the number of tram stops 803. The network comprises:
- 9 Tetrapol base stations.
There are more than 3,300 PMR (TETRA and Tetrapol) radios in use in buses, trams and metro trains.