China-based Huawei and the European Railway Agency (ERA), along with two other companies, have signed a framework service contract to bid for several collaborative studies, which include an investigation into future rail telecommunication systems.
The contract defines the rules for rail telecom consultancy services that Huawei or one of the other bidding companies would perform for the Global System for Mobile Communications – Railway (GSM-R), of which the ERA acts as the European system authority.
Huawei, which provides information and communications technology (ICT) for the railway industry, makes synergies between different technologies with the aim to lay foundations for future rail telecom standards.
The winning bidder will set out future strategies for railway communication in Europe and examine the most suitable migration concept.
Huawei Technologies business development railway solutions executive Norman Frisch said that the investments the company has made in this field, together with a global railway customer base, gives Huawei the ability to provide technology views from different angles.
"This know-how is beneficial for our participation in European standardisation work for railway communication and we look forward to contributing to its evolution," Frisch said.
Huawei’s railway solution team, based in Europe, will provide support work for the study, while the company’s R&D departments in China will offer direct support for the respective technologies.