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Polish Railway Awards GSM-R Contract to NSN

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Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) says that it has won a contract to provide GSM Railway (GSM R) infrastructure to cover a 440 kilometer section of Poland's E 20 railway corridor.

The deal covers the railway section between the central city of Lowicz and Terespol and is to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2015. Financial terms were not disclosed.

For this project, NSN will be working with Thales, who are responsible for the design and development of the complete transmission system for GSM-R. The transmission system will be based on Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) and Ethernet technology, dedicated particularly to Fixed Dispatcher Terminals communications on the 440-kilometer section.

Thales will build turnkey transmission including fiber-optic cables network.

Under the agreement, NSN will deploy its Base Stations and Base Station Controller.

"By deploying our leading GSM-R technology, data transmission will eliminate the need for external traffic lights along the tracks, using proven automatic signaling technology to the train instead. This will ensure greater safety for trains and passengers while increasing travel speeds and the capacity of railway operations," said Dirk Lewandowski, head of Railway Solutions at NSN. "This contract marks an important extension of our railways communications projects in Poland after being selected to provide our mobile infrastructure for the strategic Warsaw-Gdynia railway line."

NSN is one of the inventors of the GSM-R technology, with Siemens researching and creating the GSM-R standard in the early 1990s.

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