Nokia Networks to upgrade GSM-R core network for Greek railways

Modernisation contract for national railway operator OSE will provide an upgraded rail communication system enabling safer and more reliable train travel in Greece

Nokia Networks to upgrade GSM-R core network for Greek railways

Nokia Networks will upgrade the GSM-Railway (GSM-R) core network for Greece's national railway operator, OSE, laying the foundation for future network expansion. The modernised communication system will increase the operational efficiency of the Greek national railway, which will provide safer, more reliable train travel in the country.

The GSM-R solution from Nokia Networks provides more reliable communications than older analogue systems for railway operators and train drivers across national and transcontinental journeys while also enabling the transmission of rail maintenance data in real-time, the company stated.

With the advanced communication network, railway operators can reduce operational costs, improve safety and ultimately offer more dependable travel services for passengers.

Key elements of the deal:

• Includes GSM-R core network, subscriber data management products One-NDS (Network Directory Server) and NT-HLR (Home Location Register), and NetAct 8 network management solution
• Turnkey responsibility for network planning, end-to-end system integration and implementation
• Ensures compatibility with European railway communication system requirements and enables future network technology evolution.

Ioannis Dimitriou, president of ERGOSE, GSM-R Committee, said: "The GSM-R core system modernisation will provide future expandability to meet new European requirements, more up-to-date services to train drivers and traffic controllers as well as assure the maintainability of the system in the long term."

Athanasios Exarchos, country director at Nokia Networks Greece, said: "This modernisation project will put in place a system for future expansion and integration for ERGOSE. With this deal, we are not only getting a clear trust message from our customer, we are confirming our position as the leading company in the railways business."

Nokia Networks claims market leader in GSM-R technology with 29 GSM-R networks deployed globally, covering 70,000 kilometres of railways.

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