HUNGARIAN State Railways (MAV) has awarded a Forints 58.8bn ($US 212m) contract for the second phase of its national GSM-R rollout to a consortium of construction contractor R-Kord and telematics company I-Cell Mobilsoft.
THE Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS) will supersede GSM-R as the industry’s standard telecommunications system in the 2020s, potentially bringing “game-changing” capability. But as Keith Barrow reports from Paris, a well-defined migration plan and adequate spectrum allocation will be vital to a successful transition.
IRJ at the UIC World Conference on Rail Transport Telecoms, Paris: Key European rail bodies have stressed that the industry will need to make a clear and robust case for its future radio spectrum requirements as it works to develop a successor to GSM-R.
Work is underway to lay the framework for a new standardised railway telecommunications network to replace GSM-R beginning in 2021 or 2022. But as Kevin Smith discovers, a great deal of uncertainty persists over the technology that this new network will use and whether the railway sector is ready to replace its existing 2G networks.