Israel: communications system contract awarded

Israeli company C. Mer Industries Ltd. has won a tender launched by Israel Railways for establishing a communications system for the tunnels and bridges on the high-speed electric railway line currently under construction between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The value of the contract is NIS 22 million (EUR 5.5 million).
Under the contract, C. Mer will build a network to provide continuous cellular and emergency communications in the 22 kilometers of tunnels and bridges on the railway section between Latrun and Jerusalem. The network will include the Haooma station at the end of the line. C. Mer will also provide maintenance services for the communications network for the next 10 years.
In order to facilitate continuous cellular connectivity, C. Mer will install an 80-km radiating cable constituting an antenna on the entire route. The communications network will serve the communications needs of emergency and security agencies and will provide cellular connectivity for all the cellular providers when trains are moving inside the tunnels. Deployment of the network will begin in the third quarter of 2017 and is slated for completion in the first quarter of 2018.

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