Austrian telecommunication provider Kapsch CarrierCom has signed a contract with the Algerian railways operator Société Nationale des Transports Ferroviaires (SNTF) to form a new joint venture, Rail-Telecom.
This new initiative will result in knowledge transfer initiative, the supervision and maintenance of the Algerian railways telecommunication networks, including the nationwide GSM-R and Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) fibreglass backbone.
In addition, it is focused on infrastructure projects to be realised within the upcoming years, Kapsch said.
Kapsch CarrierCom CEO Kari Kapsch said: "The Maghreb region and many parts of the Middle East have developed into an important target market for us in recent years, and will offer enormous potential for our sector in the future too.
"The knowledge generated from the joint venture between Kapsch and SNTF will support Algeria’s railway infrastructure project."
This new development follows a memorandum of understanding signed between both the companies in July 2013 to enhance cooperation in the sector of secured telecommunication for railways.
Within this joint venture, SNTF and Kapsch CarrierCom will have 51% and 49% stakes respectively.
One of the primary goals of this partnership is to educate, train and supervise local experts, and to build, supply and maintain the Algerian railway network with telecommunication technology, the company stated.
Kapsch has already deployed more than 3,000km of rail track in Algeria within multiple projects, including lines such as El Gourzi Touggourt, Saida Moulay Slissen or Rocade Nord.