ADIF selects Nokia Networks for GSM-R

Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias (ADIF) has selected Nokia Networks as sole supplier for GSM-R communications for the La Robla-Pola de Lena high-speed train line.

ADIF, Spain’s state-owned railway infrastructure manager, is expanding and modernizing its Global System for Mobile Communications– Railway (GSM-R) infrastructure. The railway infrastructure manager is collaborating with Bombardier and Nokia Networks for the Valladolid-Leon and Venta de Banos-Burgos high-speed train lines. In a separate contract, ADIF is working directly with Nokia Networks for the La Robla-Pola de Lena route.

For both the projects, Nokia Networks is deploying an ERTMS compliant GSM-R network that provides reliable voice communication between train drivers and the operation center. Additionally, the new radio network also enables faster deployment of ERTMS level 2 safety systems on high-speed train lines.

Under the turnkey contracts, Nokia Networks is supplying its flexi base Stations, fiber optic repeaters and Transcoder/Sub-Multiplexer (TCSM) as part of its GSM-R radio network equipment. Through its Global Services, the company is also providing network operations, network design, project execution, network implementation and maintenance services. Nokia’s geographically-redundant NetAct network management system will be deployed to ensure network effeciency and stability for ADIF.

“With Nokia Networks as its key technology partner, Bombardier will lead the GSM-R deployment on the Valladolid-León and Venta de Baños–Burgos lines,” said Paolo Covoni, head of Bombardier Transportation’s Rail Control Solutions Division, Region South.

“With these projects, Nokia Networks has reiterated its focus on enabling next-generation communications solutions for railway networks in Spain and across the globe,” said Dirk Lewandowski, head of railway solutions at Nokia Networks.

“By deploying our leading GSM-R technology, ADIF will ensure greater safety and speed for trains and passengers while increasing the overall capacity of railway operations,” added Lewandowski.

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