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October 31, 2014

Keymile to create mission-critical communications network for French LGV BPL line

Telecommunications solutions provider Keymile has received a contract from France-based EIFFAGE Group to develop the mission-critical communications network for the French high-speed LGV BPL railway line from Le Mans to Rennes.

By Samseer M

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Telecommunications solutions provider Keymile has received a contract from France-based EIFFAGE Group to develop the mission-critical communications network for the French high-speed LGV BPL railway line from Le Mans to Rennes.

EIFFAGE Group is the operator of the LGV BPL line, which is under construction and is expected to be completed in mid-2017.

For this project, Keymile will deliver a hybrid solution with SDH and a native Gigabit-Ethernet/IP network using its MileGate multi-service packet transport platform.

With this solution, the company will offer all the applications and services that are essential for data communications and signal transmission for the railway equipment, including control, safety and communications systems.

"We are not simply appearing as a supplier of hardware with an implementation partner, but are also acting as an end-to-end supplier of solutions and as an integrator."

It will cover areas such as signalling, traction current, cross-wind detection and CCTV, as well as a range of telephony and data services.

Keymile CEO Axel Föry said: "The project is of vast strategic importance to us, because in the railway sector this is the first time for a high-speed line.

"We are not simply appearing as a supplier of hardware with an implementation partner, but are also acting as an end-to-end supplier of solutions and as an integrator."

For the implementation of the network, the company will supply systems including MileGate, passive components, servers, software and the UNEM network management software.

The company will supervise all project phases such as network planning, engineering and design, including the implementation process and documentation.

Once commissioned, it will also offer service and support for a period of up to 19 years.

Construction work on the 214km-long LGV BPL line started in mid-2012 and it is owned by Réseau Ferré de France (RFF) as part of a public-private partnership.


Image: Construction work on the 214km-long LGV BPL line started in the middle of 2012. Commercial commissioning is planned for May 2017. Photo: courtesy of EIFFAGE Rail Express.

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