Austrian railway telecommunication provider Kapsch CarrierCom has secured a contract from Luxembourgian railway operator CFL to implement a global system for mobile communications – railway (GSM-R) across the 271km railway network.

The project, which will start at the beginning of next year, includes operation and service support for the first three years.

CFL noted that it selected Kapsch as the system supplier, integrator and network operator for the installation of the GSM-R radio network, following a Europe-wide tender.

Under the deal, Kapsch will install an IP-based Release 4 core network and a future-proof access network with the latest RDN base station.

The company will also be responsible for the delivery and integration of other subsystems, including fibre-based transmission and a new dispatcher network integrated with the existing system.

Kapsch CarrierCom chief operating officer Thomas Schöpf said: "As the global leading railway dedicated network supplier, Kapsch is providing communication for close to 80,000km of railway tracks across Europe, Africa and Asia.

"The project, which will start at the beginning of next year, includes operation and service support for the first three years."

"We are very pleased to announce that we were selected by CFL based on our number one ranking in the European-wider tender of CFL.

"Our solutions are exceeding the current GSM-R standards and thus ensuring the safety of passengers and staff."

It is reported the new system enables technical interoperability on a European level in accordance to the trans-European high-speed rail system intended by the European Union (EU).

The company’s future-oriented railway dedicated network (RDN) solutions support the entire range of railway voice and data communication requirements.

In addition, the company will set-up an end-to-end railway telecommunication network based on the GSM-R standard in Luxembourg.

The firm will be responsible for the railway infrastructure, its maintenance, extension and technical renewal such as the GSM-R transmission network, which is part of a development strategy for the national network crossed by pan-European railway corridors.