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November 27, 2007

Norway Railway Communications Integrated into One Dedicated System

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Nokia (News - Alert) Siemens Networks provides a complete, well-balanced product range of mobile and fixed network infrastructure solutions. The company addresses the growing demand for services with 20,000 service professionals worldwide. Nokia Siemens Networks (News - Alert) is one of the largest telecommunications infrastructure companies with operations in 150 countries. The company has its headquarters in Espoo, Finland. Network which was built by Nokia Siemens Networks is to increase safety and ensure efficient communication between traffic control and railway personnel.

“A boost for railway safety in Norway, and a dedicated communications system that many countries will envy,” Terje Hoemsnes from Nokia Siemens Networks, was quoted as saying in the report regarding the expansion of the GSM-R network which was officially operational on 1st of November by Norwegian National Rail Administration.

 The new digital GSM-R mobile network replaces five different analog networks for the communication between train sets and control centers. The network will increase traffic security for Norwegian trains by ensuring flawless communication for employees along any tracks, totally independent of the location of the train and also when inside tunnels. Norway is amongst the first few countries in Europe where the network allows for communications to function all over.

“The transition from analogue railway radio Scanet to GSM-R was completed two weeks ago. We are proud to have delivered on this ambitious project successfully and on time. We worked closely with Nokia Siemens Networks through the entire project, and are very satisfied with the network,” Harald Nikolaisen from the Norwegian National Rail Administration, was quoted as saying in the report.

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of communications services. The company has deployed 20 GSM-R networks in 14 countries serving 50,000 km of railways which is making it the world’s Number One GSM-R vendor in both number of commercial networks and length of operational GSM-R lines.

“We are happy to have delivered on this turnkey solution in a country that has several geographical challenges. Nokia Siemens Networks is the leading GSM-R solution provider and this project covering 3800 kilometers of railway network including 650 tunnels has proven our capability to serve other railway customers as well,” Terje Hoemsnes from Nokia Siemens Networks, was quoted as saying in the report.

For the network, Nokia Siemens Networks installed over 500 base stations and coverage for 650 tunnels, including also radios for 150 locomotives. In addition, the network includes 7 traffic control centers and 70 local control centers. For more information about Nokia Siemens Networks www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com.

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.
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