Nokia Networks to become largest GSM-R supplier for German railways

Company secures 60% of Deutsche Bahn's total current modernisation contract to provide a communications network for trains in southern Germany

Nokia Networks to become largest GSM-R supplier for German railways

Nokia Networks has signed an eight-year deal with DB Netz, the rail infrastructure company of Deutsche Bahn, to modernize its GSM-R network in southern Germany. Nokia will replace the existing GSM-R radio systems with new technology, including its Flexi base station.

It will also provide implementation services to ensure minimal impact on railway operations. Nokia Networks is a long-standing radio and turnkey supplier to DB Netz and this deal means it will now become its biggest GSM-R supplier.

The end-to-end implementation solution involves exchanging complete site solutions including shelters, power supply and telecommunication equipment without significant interruption of railway traffic.

Nokia’s technology will enable DB Netz to benefit from new radio functionalities like the extended GSM-R frequency band, which provides additional capacity for the ever-increasing data and voice traffic.

Nokia Networks' railway solution includes:

• Global Services expertise for seamless interworking of all parts
• More than 2,000 Flexi base stations and base station controllers
• Nokia Flexi Power Supply energy solution
• A customized shelter solution to fulfil the regulatory requirements set by Germany's Federal Railway Authority
• Project management, network implementation, maintenance and spare part handling
• NetAct network management system to ensure network efficiency and stability.

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