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September 25, 2008

ProRail upgrades telecommunications system with MobiRail

ProRail, the Netherlands-based railway infrastructure provider, has upgraded its telecommunications system in conjunction with MobiRail, a joint venture between Nokia Siemens Networks and the Dutch telecom operator KPN.

By CBR Staff Writer

According to Nokia Siemens Networks, MobiRail is providing an end-to-end solution for ProRail, incorporating network design, site acquisition, construction works, logistics and project management that will result in a complete network upgrade within three years. The project will ensure a timely upgrade launch of network elements.

The Nokia Siemens Networks GSM-Railway (GSM-R) solution mobilizes and unites digital communications for railways by carrying signaling and operational information directly to train operators, enabling faster speeds and greater traffic density, said Nokia Siemens Networks.

It is reported that ProRail is the only GSM-R license holder in the Netherlands and the present upgrade will prepare it to comply with the continued amendments of the European Integrated Railway Radio Enhanced Network (EIRENE).

The network upgrade will enhance the GSM-R network to support new railway services such as Infoplus, the system providing travel information to passengers on railway station platforms, including real-time train schedule information displayed on information screens or announced by means of voice messages.

The upgrade also will cover the GSM-R Operations Support Systems (OSS). As a result, ProRail will commission railway@vantage, now an integral part of the Nokia Siemens Networks GSM-R solution.

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