Nokia to Deploy GSM-R, Backhaul Network in Poland
Tuesday, April 03, 2018 | Comments

Nokia and its partners Herkules, Pozbud and Wasko, and Poland's state-owned railway operator PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe (PKP PLK) signed a five-year contract to deploy a nationwide turnkey GSM-R and mission-critical backhaul network to enhance railway security and reliability throughout the country.

The project, Nokia's largest-ever GSM-R contract, will provide PKP PLK with one of the biggest railway communications networks in Europe. Once completed, the new network will enable the railway company to fulfill European Union (EU) requirements for European rail traffic management system (ERTMS), the Europeanwide standard for railway signaling. A majority of the project is majority funded by the EU and complemented by Polish state funds.

GSM-R is a mandatory part of the ERTMS, which is under deployment across Europe to help rail operators such as PKP PLK seamlessly manage and control trains in combination with the European train control system. The solution will help PKP PLK increase train traffic reliability and safety, ultimately improving passenger satisfaction.

Nokia will provide installation, commissioning, third-party integration, first-line care and maintenance for 13,800 kilometers of the GSM-R network, plus more than 11,000 kilometers of optical fiber-based backhaul network infrastructure with IP multiprotocol label switching (IP/MPLS) and dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) optical network equipment by 2023. The end-to-end GSM-R solution includes a radio and core network, messaging and diverse third-party products, along with an IP-MPLS core network, security and DWDM technology for the fiber-optic network. Herkules, Pozbud and Wasko will be responsible for civil works, including construction work for laying fiber.

Nokia has 20 GSM-R customers worldwide and covers more than 75,000 kilometers of railway tracks.

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