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July 15, 2015

Siemens-Huawei consortium wins GSM-R upgrade contract from German Railways

German Railways has selected a consortium of Siemens Convergence Creators and Huawei to perform a migration of its first-generation GSM-R network in northern Germany.

German Railways has selected a consortium of Siemens Convergence Creators and Huawei to perform a migration of its first-generation GSM-R network in northern Germany.

The project involves a total length of 12,000km of the German railway network, which represents 40% of the operative network of German Railways.

The new network is compliant with EIRENE GSM-R and ETCS2/ERTMS standards, seamless interoperability, new GSM-R functions, and the contract includes the option to expand the network to mobile broadband services, including 4G long-term evolution (LTE).

"We are looking forward to our cooperation with Siemens Convergence Creators and their international system supplier Huawei."

German Railways technology and environment head Heike Hanagarth said: "We are looking forward to our cooperation with Siemens Convergence Creators and their international system supplier Huawei.

"We are convinced of the high-quality and innovative technical power of our partners."

Substantial measurements were performed which confirmed the interoperability of GSM-R network components to make the replacement of German Railways’ already existing GSM-R infrastructure with Huawei GSM-R technology.

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Siemens Convergence Creators CEO Daniel Felicio said: "Thanks to our long-term experience with safety-relevant networks, in particular in a railway environment, we also have developed our own applications, in addition to our extensive know-how in migrating these systems. Therefore we can supply our customers with the entire package."

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