Huawei Completes the Multivendor GSM-R Integration for the EKB High Speed Rly in Turkey

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Huawei, a global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, announced that it has successfully completed the full set of GSM-R Interoperability Tests (IOT) with the core network of Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and Huawei Base Station Subsystem for the Turkish GSM-R railway project under Turkey’s EKB High Speed Railway Line.

According to a release, the completion of the multivendor GSM-R integration is a project milestone for the Eskisehir-Alayunt-Kutahya-Balikesir (EKB) European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) Line, where Alstom, a provider of systems, equipment and services in the railway sector, had selected Huawei to design and implement the telecom, GSM-R and telephony components of the project. This integrated GSM-R multivendor network will become the latest demonstration of successful testing and implementation of Huawei GSM-R equipment in the global GSM-R market.

GSM-R is the wireless railway communication system used by railways to safely deliver operational voice and data communication between train, ground and non-rail operational staff. Stringent GSM-R specifications and equipment guidelines enable railways globally to setup multivendor systems such as the one now fully integrated for the EKB High Speed line.

The company noted that the EKB High Speed line consists of a large number of network elements, chosen from various vendors for their special designs that perfectly fit the needs of the project. “Thanks to the strong GSM-R interface specifications, such multivendor GSM-R networks are possible and can be delivered in a controlled and timely manner. The Eskisehir-Alayunt-Kutahya-Balikesir project in Turkey is yet another example where GSM-R standards, test specifications and published GSM-R test catalogues are proven to be the right tools to ensure commercial profitability of multivendor GSM-R solutions,” said Erhan Yavuzarslan, Project Manager of Huawei Turkey.

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