THE consortium led by Siemens Mobility that is building the high-speed network for Egypt has awarded Kontron Transportation a turnkey contract to supply a GSM-R radio communications system.

Kontron says that it will be supplying its most advanced railway communications technology, fully compliant with International Union of Railways (UIC) standards, for the 2000km of electrified railway that will connect 60 stations across Egypt.

Equipped with ETCS Level 2, the high-speed network will have three routes. The Green Line will connect Mersa Matruh and Alexandria with the New Administrative Centre (NAC) and Ain Sukhna.

The Blue Line will run from Cairo to Abu Simbel via Qena, Luxor and Aswan, and the Red Line from Luxor via Qena and Hurghada to Safaga.

The Kontron GSM-R system will be based on IP cybersecure technology, enabling a smooth transition from GSM-R to the 5G Future Rail Mobile Communication System (FRMCS).

“We are honoured to be part of this amazing project, which will give 90% of Egyptians access to safe, clean and reliable long-distance transport,” says Mr Bernd Eder, chief operating officer at Kontron Transportation.

“Connecting cities all across the country while also cutting down on carbon emissions is a great undertaking in which we get to play a major role.”

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