Polish rail manager selects NSN for communications backbone

12 February 2013 |


Polish rail network manager PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe has selected Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to provide a communications backbone along a 350km section of Poland’s E65 railway line linking Warsaw with the Baltic Sea port of Gdynia

Under the deal NSN will provide its GSM-Railway (GSM-R) infrastructure as part of a consortium delivering the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) solution, an EU initiative to create a European wide standard for train control and command systems.

The other consortium members Thales Polska and Bombardier Transportation will design, develop and implement the signaling part of the European Train Control System while NSN is responsible for the entire GSM-R project including network expansion and rollout.

“Nokia Siemens Networks’ GSM-R communications will help PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe ensure greater safety for passengers travelling on the Warsaw-Gdynia high-speed route,” said Andrzej Wolski, project director at PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe. “The modernisation will also allow us to shorten travel time by increasing the speed of our modern trains, which will be able to run at up to 200 km/h in selected sections.”

NSN’s GSM-R includes base stations, base station controllers, a transmission backbone, dispatchers and handhled terminals. The vendor will also deploy its maintenance system for railways.

“This project underlines our global leadership in the GSM-R market where we have more than a 50% share in the deployed GSM-R tracks. It further strengthens our position in Poland as a leading mobile infrastructure provider, also outside traditional telecommunication sector,” said Piotr Kaczmarek, Poland country director at NSN.

The system will be commercially operational in the second quarter of 2015.