Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) is working with Thales and Bombardier to provide GSM-Railway (GSM-R) infrastructure for a major rail line in Poland under a €112 million contract. The nation’s rail network management, PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe, is modernizing the highly complex 35-station line linking Poland’s capital, Warsaw, with the northern Baltic port of Gdynia.
The deployment of the GSM-R network along the 350km section of Poland’s E65 line will provide a communications backbone for the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) solution. The project will be carried out by a consortium of NSN, Thales Polska and Bombardier Transportation, introducing ERTMS standards to this busy passenger and freight route.
While Thales Polska and Bombardier Transportation are in charge of designing, developing and implementing the Level 2 European Train Control System (ETCS) signaling part, NSN is responsible for the entire GSM-R project including network expansion and rollout.
NSN will provide its GSM-R radio network equipment, including base stations, base station controller, the transmission backbone, as well as the dispatchers and handheld terminals. In addition, the company will deploy its maintenance system for Railways (NetAct) and integrate ETCS Level 2 signalling for the GSM-R turn-key project. The solution will be put into commercial operation in the second quarter of 2015.
‘Nokia Siemens Networks’ GSM-R communications will help PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe ensure greater safety for passengers travelling on the Warsaw-Gdynia high-speed route,’ said Andrzej Wolski, project director at PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe. ‘The modernization will also allow us to shorten travel time by increasing the speed of our modern trains, which will be able to run at up to 200 km/h in selected sections.’
‘This project underlines our global leadership in the GSM-R market where we have more than a 50% share in the deployed GSM-R tracks. It further strengthens our position in Poland as a leading mobile infrastructure provider, also outside traditional telecommunication sector,’ said Piotr Kaczmarek, Poland country director at Nokia Siemens Networks.
Pawel Piotrowski, Thales country director in Poland, added: ‘For Thales, this important project significantly strengthens our position on the Polish railway market. We have been involved in the Trans-European network since 2009, including the famous E30 European corridor.’