Nokia Siemens Networks Expands Railway Communication and Provides GSM-Railway System for Hefei-Wuhan in China

Espoo, (PresseBox) - Nokia Siemens Networks has been selected to implement GSM-R in the newly commissioned Hefei-Wuhan Passenger-dedicated Line. This line is located in the eastern section of Shanghai-Wuhan-Chengdu corridor and will encourage regional economic and cultural communication between the Midwest China and the eastern coast.

This marks another milestone for Nokia Siemens Networks in GSM-R segment after the recent contracts for Wuhan-Guangzhou Line—the longest high-speed railway in the world and for Hefei-Nanjing Line—China’s first passenger-dedicated line for commercial use.

The 360km Hefei-Wuhan Line has 14 stations, passes through Anhui and Hubei provinces. This line will be operational by early 2009.

"China’s railway construction is experiencing an unprecedented leap forward. Nokia Siemens Networks is striving to provide world class GSM-R system and solutions so as to support secure operation, high quality service and efficient railway transportation for Hefei-Wuhan Line.", said Mr. Zhang Zhiqiang, head of the Greater China Region of Nokia Siemens Networks.

Nokia Siemens Networks is a pioneer of GSM-R technology, with Siemens researching and creating the GSM-R standard starting in the early 1990s.The world’s earliest three GSM-R trial networks and the first commercial network are all supplied by Nokia Siemens Networks.

In China, Nokia Siemens Networks is the leader of GSM-R systems.and has undertaken five of the total seven GSM-R passenger-dedicated line projects in China that are under construction or have been put into operation. The notable one is the Beijing-Tianjin Railway for Beijing 2008 Sport Games which is the first high-speed railway with the maximum speed of 350km/h. Besides, Nokia Siemens Networks is the exclusive provider of Chinese GSM-R intelligent network and HLRi systems. The GSM-R core network provided by Nokia Siemens Networks will serve the main railway lines and bear over 50% of the wireless communication traffic on Chinese railways. To date Nokia Siemens Networks has deployed 20 GSM-R networks in 14 countries serving 50,000km of railways, making it the world’s leading GSM-R vendor in both number of commercial networks and length of operated GSM-R lines.

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