Winter tourism has a long tradition in Gerlos. As far back as the beginning of the twentieth century, guests came from abroad, mainly from Great Britain, to experience the magic of the Tyrolean mountain scenery. The inhabitants of Gerlos thus already had considerable experience under their belts when they started to promote skiing as a commercial sport, shortly after World War II. It was the starting point of a continuing success story: Today, Gerlos is the center of one of Austria’s largest skiing areas – the Zillertal Arena. Ongoing investments ensure the number of visitors is always on the increase. Currently the figures show around 1.5 million “skier days” per season (1 person / lift pass / day = 1 skier day). In addition to approximately 140 kilometers of pistes, the region offers the best conditions for the ever-more-popular ski tours with over 40 mountains on the ski tour trail.

Gerlos is the center of one of Austria’s largest skiing areas – the Zillertal Arena. Ongoing investments ensure the number of visitors is always on the increase.

WLAN on the pistes

In 1999 work started on an FO network to connect all mountain railway operators lifts and POS systems as well as for operating webcams. In addition, the Zillertal Arena has boasted a virtually universally available free WLAN with, currently, 160 access points since 2012. When it became necessary to purchase new connectors and other passive components able to withstand the particularly harsh conditions, R&M products were the obvious choice.

Fiber optics in town

Once the skiing area had been so successfully equipped with an FO infrastructure, residents and entrepreneurs from the town area also wanted powerful data connections. The numerous hotels were keen to give their guests the best possible service and that also means fast Internet. An opportunity arose when new district heating pipes had to be laid. The opportunity was seized to install a complete system of empty tubes for a universal FO network. In this project, R&M is also supplying the entire range of passive connecting components. Particular attention is being paid to the quality of the passive FO infrastructure. Exclusive use is being made of E-2000™* components in Grade B1 quality in accordance with two Austrian regulations concerning electrotechnology ÖVE / Ö standard EN 61753 and ÖVE / Ö standard EN 61755. Over the next one to two years, every building in the community of Gerlos will have its own FO connection – and that means that, in the middle of the Alps, a high-tech standard will be realized which some ultra-modern megacities are still dreaming about.

* E-2000™ manufactured under license from Diamond SA, Losone.

The Zillertal Arena has boasted a virtually universally available free WLAN with, currently, 160 access points since 2012.