Nokia works with Alstom for private wireless network in India

Nokia announced it is working with Alstom to deliver a private wireless network for the National Capital Regional Transport Corporation’s (NCRTC) Delhi to Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS). It will support European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 Signaling to maintain safety for commuters on the high-speed rail route, currently under construction.
Nokia AirScale
The Delhi to Meerut RRTS is the first in a phased development of a high-speed rail network that aims to enable sustainable economic and social development through enhanced connectivity in Delhi and the surrounding districts. The low-emission RRTS, expected to be fully operational in 2025, will transport more people at average speeds of 100 kmph to reduce travel time and road congestion.

Wireless solution (MPW) including its latest AirScale radios, Air Frame-based evolved packet core capabilities, the 7250 IXR IP / MPLS backhaul routers, Group Communication platform for mission-critical push to talk / video (MCx/GC) and Network Services Platform (NSP) management, will span the 82 km rail route which incorporates 25 stations.

The private network is being deployed to support ETCS Level 2 & 3 signaling as well as automated operation (ATO), which enables trains to use radio signals to receive their movement authorities and to report their exact direction and position to ensure the safety of all on board.

Nokia said the introduction of LTE / 4.9G technology for ETCS is an important asset for railway operators and will pave the way for a smooth transition to FRMCS (Future Railway Communication System).

“We are leveraging its extensive private wireless capabilities for the advanced signaling system that we are providing for NCRTC. The new high-speed rail network will help to transform the region,” said Thameem Kamaldeen, Managing Director Alstom Digital Mobility, Alstom Transport India.

“Nokia has supported the digital transformation of more than 380 enterprises through private wireless solutions. Nokia advanced railway solutions are designed to deliver a new level of connectivity for rail operators,” Kamal Ballout, Head of Enterprise Solutions CHIMEA at Nokia, said.