Malaysia launches first mass rapid transit line

Nokia has provided Korea-based systems integrator LG CNS with a “mission-critical” communications network to support railway operations on Malaysia's rapid transit line.

Nokia’s backbone transmission network, which is providing essential support for railway operations on the new SBK line that will ultimately cover 51km and serve the 1.2 million residents in and around Kuala Lumpur, is based on internet protocol/multi-protocol label switching (IP/MPLS) technology.

The IP/MPLS network consists of the 7750 Service Router and 7210 Service Access Switch, satisfying the stringent requirements of reliability and security. The network provides scalable Layer-2 and Layer-3 virtual private network (VPN) services to support the different railway sub-systems. End-to-end network and services management is handled by the Nokia Network Services Platform.

"Nokia's IP/MPLS solution for railways is designed to address railway operators' demanding requirements in terms of performance, reliability and, most importantly, safety,” said Stuart Hendry, head of global enterprise & public sector for Asia-Pacific & Japan at Nokia, which has deployed IP/MPLS networks in more than 30 railways worldwide.

“We are pleased to play such an important role in helping ensure safe, on-time and connected journeys for Kuala Lumpur's residents."

The Northern section of the SBK line (phase 1) has been in operation since December 2016, and the Southern and underground section (phase 2) is planned to be operational by the end of July 2017.

Byung Il Park, project director of LG CNS, added: "Nokia's strong solutions for the railway industry, deep local presence and global experience in delivering sophisticated solutions and services made them an ideal partner for this large and complex project."