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Nortel to deploy wireless communications system for railway line in Algeria

Signaling information directly to the driver to enhance train speeds

By CBR Staff Writer

Nortel has been selected to deploy a GSM-R wireless communications system for a new railway line in Algeria. The line links the cities of Ain Toutta and Msilla, as part of the High Plateaus railway system that crosses the country from east to west.

The Algerian National Railways Investment Company (ANESRIF) is managing the modernization of the Algerian railway system, including the construction of new railway lines, signaling systems and installation of other railway equipment.

This new Nortel deployment includes integrating the GSM-R radio system to ANESRIF’s core network, GSM-R terminals such as handhelds and cab radios, base stations as well as related telecom services for the railway lines.

GSM-R helps increase the efficiency and safety of the railway by supporting reliable communications among railway operational staff, including drivers, dispatchers, train engineers and station controllers. GSM-R is part of the new European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) standard and carries the signaling information directly to the train driver, enables faster train speeds and increases traffic density while maintaining a high level of safety.

Michel Clement, president for Nortel Carrier Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: Nortel continues to support ANESRIF and the Algerian government with their railway modernization plans by providing proven, advanced technologies, along with support services based on our long telecommunications heritage. These contracts are significant wins for Nortel in GSM-R and reflect the continuing satisfaction of our clients in our ongoing ability to deliver as promised.

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