The Korea Rail Network Authority (KRNA) has selected Nokia as a supplier for the LTE-R mobile broadband network to support railway operations and employee services.

Nokia will deploy the network on a railway line between Wonju and Gangneung ahead of the international sporting event being hosted by Korea in 2018.

The company’s work scope will include supply of radio access network (RAN) base stations (eNodeBs) along with Nokia NetAct virtualised network management software for mobile networks.

NetAct delivers applications for the railway operations and employee services management of KRNA.

"South Korea has been a world leader in use of mobile broadband technology to make public services safer, more efficient and reliable."

KRNA will be responsible for the work relating to development and maintenance of railway infrastructure in South Korea, as well as various other countries.

The authority’s communications network will be based on LTE-R technology, a version of 4G LTE technology that is being developed to meet railway operators’ requirements.

Supporting operational and maintenance services on a commercial railway line operating at speeds of up to 250km/h, the network will provide secure connectivity between trains, stations and other railway facilities between Wonju and Gangneung.

Nokia Korea head Andrew Cope said: "South Korea has been a world leader in the use of mobile broadband technology to make public services of all kinds safer, more efficient and reliable.

“With a 30-year history in the delivery of GSM-R mobile networking technology for railways, and as a pioneer in the development of LTE-R solutions, we are pleased to partner with KRNA to bring these cutting-edge capabilities to the country as they prepare to host one of the world's premier sporting events."

KRNA's network will also be designed to interoperate with other LTE networks to support public safety and maritime operations, as well as very high-frequency (VHS) and trunked radio system (TRS) radio networks.

Proposed to serve as a model for future LTE-R deployments, the latest project will help further define LTE-R standardisation efforts.