Korea Rail ink deal with Nokia for World’s first LTE-R Mobile Broadband Network

Nokia to provide Korea Rail Network Authority with world’s first LTE-R network to support high-speed Railway operations

Nokia and the Korea Rail Network Authority (KRNA) have come together to launch the world-first LTE-R mobile broadband network.

Nokia, the supplier for the LTE-R mobile broadband network, will enable support to railway operations and employee services of the Korean rail, under the same.

KRNA’s LTE-R network will provide secure, reliable, high-speed connectivity between trains, stations and other railway facilities between Wonju and Gangneung. The network will also be designed to interoperate with other LTE networks supporting public safety and maritime operations as well as legacy VHS (very high frequency) and TRS (trunked radio system) radio networks. This project is intended to serve as a model for future LTE-R deployments, and help further define LTE-R standardization efforts. It is first to be deployed on a railway line between Wonju and Gangneung, ahead of the major international sporting event of PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The deployment will be a prototype for future LTE-R deployments, adding to progress in LTE-R standardization and definition.

  • Project part of modernization of line connecting Wonju and Gangneung in preparation for Korea hosting a major international sporting event in 2018

 

  • KRNA to deploy LTE-R technology for modernization of communications network supporting mission-critical services, such as signaling at speeds of up to 250 km/h

Development and maintenance of railway infrastructure in South Korea alongside other countries, comes under KRNA.

The communications network, solely based on LTE-R technology, is to be calibrated to mission-critical service requirements of the railway operators.

Operational and maintenance services for high-speed commercial railway lines operating at speeds of up to 250 km/h, will also be provided via the same.

KRNA is claiming to offer secure, reliable, high-speed connectivity between trains, stations and other railway facilities between Wonju and Gangneung, with this move.

For this project, Nokia will supply radio access network (RAN) base stations (eNodeBs) along with Nokia NetAct(TM), the first major virtualized network management software for mobile networks. NetAct delivers best-in-class applications for the railway operations and employee services management of KRNA. It also delivers advanced assurance capabilities as part of Nokia’s comprehensive, multi-domain Service Assurance program, which provides closed-loop automation to drive greater network agility and optimization. Nokia systems integration and deployment services will help to establish the new LTE-R network.

The network will also work seamlessly with other LTE networks with support for public safety, maritime operations, VHS (very high frequency) and TRS (trunked radio system) radio networks.

Radio access network (RAN) base stations (eNodeBs) and Nokia NetAct(TM) will be provided by Nokia for the project.

NetAct claims to be the first virtualized network management software for mobile networks, equipped with applications for the railway operations and employee services management of KRNA.

Advanced assurance capabilities will be sourced from Nokia’s Service Assurance program.

This will offer closed-loop automation boosting greater network agility and optimization.

Nokia also partnered with SK Broadband recently to trial fastest fiber access speeds till date at aggregate speeds of 52.5Gbps, for selected buildings in Seoul, South Korea, reaching.

Nokia reported a fall in sales by 15 percent at €3.32 billion in 3Q16, owing to competition from rival Ericsson and China based Huawei and ZTE.

Nokia earlier conveyed that it has lowered its estimates for fiscal year 2017 owing to possible weakness in wireless capex in all regions.

Andrew Cope, head of Korea at Nokia, said: “South Korea has been a world leader in the use of mobile broadband technology to make public services of all kinds safer, more efficient and reliable. With a thirty-year history in the delivery of GSM-R mobile networking technology for railways, and as a pioneer in the development of LTE-R solutions, we are pleased to partner with KRNA to bring these cutting edge capabilities to the country as they prepare to host one of the world’s premier sporting events.”

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