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July 27, 2014

Morocco’s ONCF selects Thales consortium for GSM-R

Morocco's national railway operator Office National des Chemins de Fer has selected a Thales consortium to modernise telecommunications on the country's rail network.

Morocco’s national railway operator Office National des Chemins de Fer has selected a Thales consortium to modernise telecommunications on the country’s rail network.

Under the €30m contract, a global system for mobile communications (GSM-R) will be installed on five lines of the network, which total a distance of 712km.

The installation forms part of a comprehensive project involving Morocco’s entire 1,923km rail network.

"The project aims to ensure high-level reliable communications between trains, ground and train control centres."

The project is expected to be take place over the next nine years and aims to ensure high-level reliable communications between trains, ground and train control centres.

As part of the contract terms, Thales will oversee the global management of the project and be responsible for the overall system design and system integration, including maintenance activities.

Consortium partner Imet will support in-site design and construction, while Huawei will provide its GSM-R digital radio system for operational train-to-ground communication, as well as equip the GSM-R network with its IP-based ATCAcore network and Distributed Base Stations.

Huawei will also implement a double coverage radio-access network along the Tangiers-Kenitra high-speed line, which covers a distance of 185km.

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