Rail communications provider Kapsch CarrierCom has been appointed by system operator Réseau Ferré de France (RFF) and Synerail to upgrade the existing GSM-R network.

As part of the upgrade contract, Kapsch will provide maintenance services until 2030, as well as replace the existing network with a new, next-generation Kapsch R4 architecture-based all-IP core solution.

Kapsch CarrierCom vice-president Michel Clement said: "The long-term partnership with RFF is based on a deep knowledge we have of our customers’ needs and expectations, as well as our technological expertise."

"The long-term partnership with RFF is based on a deep knowledge we have of our customers’ needs and expectations, as well as our technological expertise."

The new RFF all-IP core network comprises geo-redundant call servers, media gateways, home location registers, a service control point and a next-generation Kairos mobile switching centre.

Apart from offering improved reliability, robustness and flexibility for RFF and Synerail, the solution will form the basis for applications such as train geolocation.

Approximately 15,000km of rail track has already been equipped with Kapsch GSM-R technology and the components will be deployed by December 2015.

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Kapsch’s solution is also used by railway operators in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria.

RFF is responsible for implementing an upgrade plan and a national new line development policy. Roughly four high-speed lines are currently being built, while 800km of new high-speed lines will be implemented in 2017.