Nokia completes public transport first

Nokia has announced the successful testing of voice and data calls over what it claims is the world’s first 4.9G/LTE private wireless network to support European Train Control System Level 2 signalling. The testing took place as part of phase one of the roll out of the National Capital Region Transport Corporation's (NCRTC) regional rapid transit system roll-out in India.

Discussing the technology, a spokesperson said: “4.9G/LTE’s ability to support advanced broadband applications makes it the technology of choice to support mission-critical voice signalling. This is a world first application of an LTE network that is being used along with ETCS Level 2 signalling to provide high-speed, high-reliability commuter service.

“In addition, the ETCS Level 2 based system allows trains to report their precise location in real-time, which will further help to send alerts to commuters by sharing the trains' exact location.”

As part of the agreement, Nokia will provide a variety of solutions, including its evolved packet core, compact mobile unit, and network services platform. Its partner on the project is Alstom.

Head of enterprise solutions CHIMEA at Nokia, Kamal Ballout, said: “As India’s trusted telecom vendor, we are thrilled to partner with NCRTC for the deployment of a high-speed LTE network. We are looking forward to building a world first for NCRTC.“

Thameem Kamaldeen, signalling director at Alstom India, said: “We are pleased to work with Nokia. The initiative will significantly transform the region by opening new opportunities for citizens while providing a sustainable and safer travel option.”

The project – which will be completed in four stages - covers 82 km, between Delhi and Meerut. The work is designated to be finished by 2025.

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