Nokia and Alstom entered partnership to deliver in India world’s first 4.9G/LTE private wireless network to support the European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 signalling installation on the Delhi – Meerut regional rapid transit system which is currently under construction.
The fully redundant private network, based on the Nokia Modular Private Wireless solution (MPW) including its latest AirScale radios, air frame-based evolved packet core capabilities, the 7250 IXR IP/MPLS backhaul routers, group communication platform for mission-critical push to talk/video (MCx/GC) and Network Services Platform (NSP) management, will span the 82 km rail route which incorporates 25 stations.
The private wireless network is being deployed to support ETCS Level 2 and 3 signalling system as well as automated operation (ATO), which enables trains to use radio signals to continuously receive their movement authorities and to report their exact direction and position to ensure the safety of all on board.
“Nokia advanced railway solutions are designed to deliver a new level of connectivity for rail operators. Teams need to be aware of train positions in real-time to ensure the safety of passengers, and private wireless offers the security, reliability and high-speeds required to enable this,” said Kamal Ballout, Head of Enterprise Solutions CHIMEA (China, India, Middle East and Africa) at Nokia.
The introduction of LTE/4.9G technology for ETCS is an important asset for railway operators and will pave the way for a smooth transition to FRMCS (Future Railway Communication System).
In January 2021, Alstom won a EUR 106 million contract to design and install the signalling, train control and telecommunication systems for the new rapid corridor. Alstom has also won the EUR 314 million train contract in May 2020.
Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut corridor will be 82 km long with 25 stations and will allow trains to run at a speed of 180 km/h.