DB Netz AG, the rail infrastructure company of Germany’s Deutsche Bahn AG, has awarded Nokia Networks an 8-year deal to modernize its GSM-R network in southern Germany.
As part of this partnership, Nokia Networks will replace the existing GSM-R radio systems with state-of-the-art technology, including the award-winning Flexi base station, and provide implementation services to ensure minimal impact on railway operations. Nokia Networks has been a long-standing radio and turnkey supplier to DB Netz AG and will now become its biggest GSM-R supplier.
Nokia Networks will also deliver an end-to-end implementation solution, exchanging complete site solutions including shelters, power supply and telecommunication equipment without significant interruption of railway traffic. This requires extensive experience in GSM-R modernization projects and will be provided by Nokia Networks’ Global Services organization which has successfully completed numerous turnkey projects across Europe. Nokia Networks will also deliver long-term support to DB Netz AG’s GSM-R network with help from its European R&D center in Hungary.
Nokia Networks will enable DB Netz AG to benefit from new radio functionalities like the extended GSM-R frequency band which provides additional capacity for the ever-increasing data and voice traffic.
Dr. Heike Hanagarth, Member of the Board, Technology and Environment of Deutsche Bahn AG, said: “We are looking forward to working with our international Partner Nokia. We are convinced of their technical innovation and quality.”
Dirk Lewandowski, Head of Railway Solutions at Nokia Networks, said: “This is one of our biggest GSM-R contracts so far and will greatly increase our footprint in Europe. The deal involves highly complex operations since the train system cannot be disrupted, and we are proud that the German railway operator recognizes our proven abilities and has chosen us as its trusted strategic partner.”