Czech Railways Selects Kapsch CarrierCom, Nortel for GSM-R Solution
Czech Railways has selected Nortel GSM-R technology to provide wireless communications to the 207 km Czech section of the International Railway Corridor IV between Austria and Poland. Nortel partner Kapsch CarrierCom will supply and deploy the network. The project began in June 2009 and is scheduled for completion by end of 2009.
The new GSM-R network extension will be installed on the corridor line connecting Austria to Poland from Breclav to Prerov in the Czech Republic to Petrovice u Karviné on the Polish border.
This latest GSM-R contract follows announcements from 2007 awarding Kapsch CarrierCom and Nortel the Czech Railways GSM-R technology contracts for railway lines from the Czech Republic through Slovakia and Hungary to destinations in Greece, Turkey and Romania.
"Kapsch was traditionally an expert in the analog sector and today, thanks to the quality of our work and our ongoing relationship with Nortel, we have a leading position in GSM-R, the next generation digital wireless train communication system," explains Thomas Schoepf, Kapsch CarrierCom Board of Directors. "We are pleased with the success of our joint GSM-R projects in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria and we also believe that we have good opportunities to secure upcoming projects in other South-Eastern European countries."
"Railway technology is developing at a fast pace. Higher train speeds and more demanding security regulations make it necessary to implement reliable and trusted new communication systems across railway networks," adds Cyrill Busslinger, country manager Austria, Nortel.
"GSM-R is an important component of these new communication systems and Nortel leads technology development in the GSM-R sector. Nortel´s proven GSM-R technology and Kapsch CarrierCom's longstanding expertise in implementing GSM-R networks, provide a strong foundation for the modernization of the Czech Railway network. The win of this project also shows the continued commitment of our clients to Nortel and its GSM-R solutions."
Nortel's GSM-R solution enables Czech Railways to improve safety, reduce operational costs and increase average train speeds, which in turn will cut travel times. Nortel's technology will also help increase network interoperability and support new voice applications running over the GSM-R network such as railway emergency and group conference calls. These features are of key importance for track to train communications along the railway corridor.
The solution for the Czech Railways corridor IV includes Nortel Base Transceiver Station (BTS) 9000 and 6000 products, Nortel's Base Station Controller (BSC) 3000 and Nortel Trans Coding Unit (TCU) 3000. The new contract includes an extension to the Czech Railway's switching subsystem and an upgrade to Nortel's intelligent network and GPRS packet core solution. Three additional repeater stations will be created to ensure network coverage in locations that would otherwise be difficult to reach. The Kapsch CarrierCom Railway Provisioning Manager is used for subscriber and configuration management of the network and provides user and administration tools with a web-based graphical user interface. This agreement will enable Czech Railways to extend the benefits of GSM-R communications to this strategic international corridor.
GSM-R helps increase the efficiency and safety of the railway by supporting reliable and secure communications among railway operational staff, including drivers, dispatchers, train engineers and station controllers. GSM-R is part of the new European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) standard and carries the signaling information directly to the train driver, enables faster train speeds and increases traffic density while maintaining a high level of safety. GSM-R is specified for train speeds up to 500 km/h, so it is ideally suited for the planned speed increases in conventional rail networks as well as for new high-speed routes.
Nortel has more than 15 years experience with GSM-R mobile communications technology and is currently providing GSM-R on three continents. With a market share close to 60 percent of the 117,500 Km of rail tracks installed using the GSM-R system, Nortel is the number one GSM-R provider globally. Nortel has been awarded national GSM-R contracts in Czech Republic, Austria , Bulgaria, France , Germany , Lithuania , and the UK as well as large GSM-R deployments in Algeria , China , Italy , India , Slovakia , Spain and in Turkey .