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Rome's Underground Railway to Get Mobile Phone Coverage

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CommScope says that it has been awarded a contract to deploy mobile phone coverage in Rome's underground railway network. The contract was awarded by a consortium of the country's four mobile networks, Telecom Italia, Vodafone, WIND and H3G.

The three-phase project is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

The project will enable 2G and 3G voice and data services for customers of Telecom Italia, Vodafone, WIND and H3G utilizing the GSM900, GSM1800 and UMTS frequencies utilized by the operators.

"Multi-operator, multi-frequency band, and multi-technology standard are common scenarios when working on train projects such as these," Samuel Buttarelli, sales director, Wireless Innovations, CommScope said. "Despite the complexities of providing wireless coverage in moving trains, narrow tunnels and enclosed stations, CommScope expects to quickly implement a successful solution with minimal impact on the existing infrastructure -- resulting in greater passenger satisfaction and more loyalty to our operator customers."

CommScope previously completed a similar project that brought wireless coverage to the metro system in Turin, and furnished equipment for wireless coverage in the Milan metro.

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