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November 17, 2013

Kapsch to install GSM-R train radio system in Poland

Kapsch CarrierCom has won a €41.5m contract with Polish rail operator Polskie Koleje Panstowe (PKP) to design and install the GSM-R train radio system on E20 line between Kunowice and Terespol.

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Kapsch CarrierCom has won a €41.5m contract with Polish rail operator Polskie Koleje Panstowe (PKP) to design and install the GSM-R train radio system on E20 line between Kunowice and Terespol.

The contract, which will be implemented in association with local partner Torpol, is second for Kapsch from PKP in 2013, after it secured a deal to install the system on the E30 route earlier this year.

Kapsch CarrierCom Poland managing director and sales manager for the CEE region Horst Kaufmann said: "Poland has one of the largest railway networks in Europe. It is a great success for us that our competence and experience in digital train radio led to success in this tender.

"It is a great success for us that our competence and experience in digital train radio led to success in this tender."

"With Torpol, we have a strong local partner with expertise that ideally complements our own," Kaufmann added.

Under the 26-month contract, Kapsch will install a new GSM-R core network between Kunowice and Lowicz and expand the E20 connection between Kunowice and Terespol.

The company will build 114 base transceiver stations (BTS) at 57 locations as well as supply and integrate base station controllers, transcoder units and packet control unit support nodes.

In addition to design and implementation of the GSM-R project, Kapsch will provide technical support and expanded five-year guarantee for PKP. Torpol will provide infrastructure and a fibre-optic network.

The end-to-end services provided by Kapsch includes consultation, design, installation and maintenance of digital train communication networks.

GSM-R, which has so far covered 70,000 track-kilometres, successfully underwent interoperability tests in June this year, to meet the EU’s rail traffic management systems standards.

In September, Kapsch CarrierCom was awarded a €117m contract by the Slovenian Ministry of Infrastructure to install and maintain GSM-R technology 1,200km track.

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