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Tunisian Railways invests in safety

Nokia Siemens Networks implements advanced digital railway communication system

(PresseBox) (Tunis, ) Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Tunisiens (SNCFT, Tunisian Railway) has chosen Nokia Siemens Networks to modernize and maintain its railway communications system as it aims to increase safety.

Nokia Siemens Networks is to deploy its Global System for Mobile Communications for Railways (GSM-R), a digital communications solution that mobilizes and unites digital communications for railways by carrying signaling and operational information directly to train operators, enabling faster speeds and greater traffic density.

Commenting on the announcement, Tunisian Railways said, "this project is part of our commitment to provide a safer and more reliable transport network with highly technological real time communications system specially dedicated for railway allowing better performing railway and better services for customers."

Under this turnkey contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will supply an end to end GSM-R solution, including hardware such as base stations, base station controllers, dispatcher equipment, and hand held devices.

Nokia Siemens Networks will also provide a package of services that includes project management and that will support a fast and cost-efficient deployment without any interruption to service.

High network performance and operations will be achieved through a tailored network design that ensure optimum coverage, capacity and minimum network problems. Highly skilled and experienced engineers with in-depth product and planning knowledge will capture relevant information for trouble resolution and technical query services, saving SNCFT time and effort. The project will commence in Q4 of 2008 and implementation will be completed by 2010.

Commenting on the announcement, Michael Dickmann, Head of SNCFT Customer Team, Nokia Siemens Networks said, "A digital communications solution like GSM-R significantly improves the security, reliability and safety of rail services. For example, since it is based on proven GSM mobile technology, it ensures uninterrupted communication. We are proud to be selected by SNCFT to roll out such a solution in Tunisia. "

Nokia Siemens Networks is one of the GSM-R platform's founding partners and its global leader with 22 commercial projects and five test networks in 15 countries. Nokia Siemens Networks GSM-R networks serve railways in Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK, Belgium, Finland, Greece, India, China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Norway's entire railroad network.


Sncft is a state owned company responsable of managing a 2168 km network and providing both passenger and freight services.
Sncft transports 40 million passenger and 12 millions tons of goods among which 8 million phosphates a year. It is organised into 5 business units which run daily 122 trains on Tunis suburbs, 46 trains on Sahel suburbs 58 trains on main lines, 20 freight trains and 30 phosphate trains.sncft is implementig many projects to modernise either infrastructure and rolling stock.


About Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of communications services. The company provides a complete, well-balanced product portfolio of mobile and fixed network infrastructure solutions and addresses the growing demand for services with 20,000 service professionals worldwide. Nokia Siemens Networks is one of the largest telecommunications infrastructure companies with operations in 150 countries. The company is headquartered in Espoo, Finland.


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