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December 18, 2012

Kapsch to maintain GSM-R network in the UK

Austrian telecommunication provider Kapsch CarrierCom has won a contract from Network Rail to manage the complete Global System for Mobile Communications - Railway (GSM-R) network in the UK.

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GSM-R_Base_Station_Abergavenny

Austrian telecommunication provider Kapsch CarrierCom has won a contract from Network Rail to manage the complete Global System for Mobile Communications – Railway (GSM-R) network in the UK.

Under the multi-year deal, Kapsch will support Network Rail’s control centre team to improve network availability, a higher frequency of train services and improve safety standards.

The company will also deliver a complete set of maintenance service to offer better service for the railways enterprises of GSM-R, which is an international wireless communications standard for railway communication and applications.

Kapsch CarrierCom CEO Kari Kapsch remarked that the communications infrastructure plays a crucial role in railway and the company would work closely with Network Rail to ensure the highest levels of uptime and value for money.

"Our unique ability to provide end-to-end solutions for network operators looking to roll out and maintain GSM-R technologies means that we are well placed to deliver on this contract," Kapsch said.

Kapsch had won another contract from Network Rail in 2010 to implement the R4 technology for the entire railway network in the UK for upgrading the existing infrastructure to the next generation IP-based network.

The R4 technology provides voice and data communication solutions between railway operational staff, drivers, dispatchers, train engineers and station controllers.

"Kapsch will support Network Rail’s control centre team to improve network availability, a higher frequency of train services and improve safety standards."

The company’s R4 technology meets the requirements of the 3GPP version 4 BICN architecture, which can support voice traffic and the call control function simultaneously, increasing network performance.

Kapsch CarrierCom develops applications and services for next generation networks and new OSS/BSS solutions at its eight research and development centres in Europe and Asia.

Additionally, the company provides an end-to-end service spectrum that ranges from consulting, designing, installing and integrating to maintaining, operating and supporting entire networks.


Image: GSM-R mast and cabinet installed in Abergavenny in Monmouthshire South Wales, UK. Photo: courtesy of Dacs.

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