Hungarian state holding firm Nemezeti Inforkommunikációs Szolgáltató (NISZ) has contracted system integrator Kapsch CarrierCom to install GSM-R technology on a stretch of over 900km.
Under the €46m contract, Kapsch will supply all the technology for the GSM-R network, while implementing the 3GPP Release 4 Core technology-based network, as well as new generation base stations. In addition, Kapsch will oversee the associated maintenance work for three years.
MVM OVIT will be responsible for the physical infrastructure measures.
A consortium of Kapsch and transmission network company Országos Villamostávvezeték (MVM OVIT) will install the network by 2015.
A service control point will also be included as the central component for processing the entire service, according to Kapsch.
Kapsch CarrierCom CEO Kari Kapsch said: "Due to its geographic location, Hungary is a key country for European transit traffic. We therefore consider this order a particularly important reference project."
Three of the most important pan-European rail corridors run through Hungary. The expansion of the GSM-R network is expected to further optimise trans-European rail traffic.
The European Union has defined European rail traffic management systems (ERTMS) as a standard that ensures that cross-border railway transportation takes place on the basis of a uniform control, command and signalling system.
ERTMS consists of a uniform signalling system called European Train Control System (ETCS) and the GSM-R radio technology.