Huawei Wins GSM-R Rollout Contract in Zambia
Published on: 24th Mar 2014
Huawei says that it has won a contract to deploy a GSM R network for Zambia Railways.
Under a USD51 million contract, Huawei and Bombardier Transportation will support Zambia Railways on the roll out of this project in collaboration with local company GMC Technologies.
The contract follows on from a grant of USD120 million from the Zambian government in 2013 to upgrade the signal-tracking capability of the Chingola-Livingstone railway line.
The train signaling technology will be designed and implemented by Bombardier using its Interflo 550 communications-based signaling system with full automatic train protection (ATP).
As a specialty to Zambia Railways network, communication between the Base Stations (backhaul) will be performed through Huawei's Microwave technology. Applying Microwave transmission helps the railway line dramatically reduce CAPEX and become less vulnerable to vandalism and theft compared to common fixed networks.
"For railway lines with underdeveloped fixed networks and rare optical resources, a reliable wireless network solution is crucial for achieving enhanced safety and management efficiency," said Mr. Fan Wen, Managing Director of Huawei in Zambia.
The ZRL is a private company incorporated and registered in Zambia which operates Zambia Railways, which comprises over 900 kilometers of mainline railways and 300 kilometers of branch line railways. The Chingola-Livingstone railway line, one of the key railway lines of Zambia Railways, was built in the early twentieth century with a total length of 980 kilometers. It connects Lusaka with Chingola, a city in copper-mining region in the north, and Livingstone, the tourism centre for Victoria Falls in the southwest of Africa.