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Nokia and Alstom to install private wireless network for railway project in India

The Finnish telecommunications company Nokia has announcement that it is working with French rolling stock manufacturer Alstom to deploy a private wireless network for a commuter rail system in India.

The companies will supply the National Capital Regional Transport Corporation’s (NCRTC) Delhi wireless network to the Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS).

This will support European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 signaling ensuring passenger safety along the high-speed rail line, which is currently under construction.

The Delhi-Meerut RRTS project is expected to become fully operational in 2025.

Once operational, the new rail network will transport people at an average speed of 100 km/h. It is expected to reduce traffic congestion on the road and improve connectivity in Delhi as well as surrounding neighborhoods.

Nokia will deploy a modular private wireless (MPW) solution including AirScale radios, Air Frame-based advanced packet backbone capabilities, 7250 IXR IP/MPLS trunk routers, group communication platform for push to critical talk/video (MCx/GC) and Network Services Platform (NSP) management for the network.

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It will extend over the 82 km railway line which includes 25 stations.

The creation of a new private network will support ETCS level 2 and 3 signaling as well as automated operation (ATO).

Kamal Ballout, Director of Business Solutions for Nokia CHIMEA (China, India, Middle East and Africa), said: “Nokia’s advanced rail solutions are designed to bring a new level of connectivity to rail operators. Crews need to be aware of train positions in real time to keep passengers safe, and private wireless provides the security, reliability and high speeds needed to enable this.

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