SNCF and Nokia will create a 5G Lab to explore rail and non-rail use cases and to prepare the transition of GSM-R towards FRMCS (Future Railway Mobile Communication System). This lab will be hosted on Nokia Paris-Saclay’s campus.
The collaboration will facilitate the adoption of 5G by SNCF and prepare for the transition from GSM-R to FRMCS which will be the common network for all rail radio transmissions. Its specifications will be based on common standards that ensure interoperability of communication and signalling systems on a global scale, as for GSM-R.
SNCF Réseau has joined forces with the services of the SNCF Innovation & Research Department to explore and analyse all the promises of 5G.
“SNCF’s ambition is to create a universal telecommunications system capable of meeting the needs of the rail system of the future. We look forward to working with Nokia to evaluate the performance of FRMCS and industrial applications in the laboratory and railway environment. Nokia’s expertise in 5G will be useful to us in helping launch the first FRMCS pilots in France,” said Carole Desnost, Director of SNCF Innovation & Research.