Alcatel-Lucent to provide advanced fiber-optic technology for China railway network upgrade


As part of this contract, Alcatel Lucent is undertaking upgradation of communications backbone networks for Beijing and Nanning Railway Bureaus to ensure safe, on-time journeys and support future migration to intelligent rail communications.

Alcatel-Lucent has been selected by the Beijing and Nanning Railway Bureaus in China to upgrade the ‘backbone’ communications networks of rail lines in China.

The authorities will deploy Alcatel-Lucent optical transport technology to enhance communications links and support mission critical rail operations, including operational communications, signalling and video surveillance, to ensure safe and on-time passenger journeys.

China Railways will deploy the Alcatel-Lucent 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), the latest generation DWDM optical solution, on the Beijing Railway Bureau’s third ring, which connects Beijing to towns and cities via a rail network spanning 623km.

This will dramatically increase the performance of the communication network with the implementation of 10G-speed technology, and lay the foundation for future 100G services.

For the Nanning Railway Bureau, Alcatel-Lucent will upgrade the 200km line between the cities of Guilin and Liuzhou to cost-effectively upgrade the embedded SDH solution with advanced multiservice switching. This allows the network to flexibly support high-bandwidth services and prepare for future interoperation with mobile ultra-broadband networks.

Key Facts
•By deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s agile optical networking technology, the Beijing and Nanning Railway Bureaus gain support for mission-critical communications services today and can seamlessly prepare for a smooth network evolution to higher-bandwidth intelligent rail communications.
•Alcatel-Lucent’s 1830 PSS platform offers the Beijing Railway Bureau a versatile, high capacity optical backbone for the deployment of advanced rail communications services, including operational signalling, surveillance and telecommunications for both railway staff and passengers.
•The deployment of Alcatel-Lucent’s agile optical networking technology will help transform the China railway communications backbone, forming the basis of an intelligent communications infrastructure across the line. This will help deliver an even greater mix of services while supporting safer and more reliable transportation and ensuring passengers are connected throughout their journey.

Luis Martinez-Amago, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell said: “Alcatel-Lucent is committed to delivering technologies that offer greater network capacity and performance and drive the evolution and convergence of rail communications systems. We are pleased to be working with both the Beijing and Nanning Railway Bureaus to deliver support for mission-critical communications services, thereby ensuring a safer journey’s and a higher-quality experience for all their passengers.”