Lithuania Railways has made Lithuania's first GSM-R call made possible with Nortel(1) GSM-R technology. The historic first call was completed on the Vilnius and Kaunas route which is one of Lithuania's busiest rail lines. The GSM-R call took place on June 11, 2009 and marks the official start of the field pilot phase of the
LitRail GSM-R project that is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2010.
The multi-million euros countrywide GSM-R contract was signed December 2007 between LitRail and the Nortel/Belam Consortium. The deployment includes implementation of a GSM-R radio communication
system along 1,560 kilometers (approximately 88% of the country's rail network) of Lithuania's rail routes. This is the first GSM-R project in the Baltic region and it will enable LitRail to comply with European Commission (EC) railway standards and provide high-speed, dependable communications to help make railways in
Lithuania faster and safer.
"The launch of the new GSM-R system shows that LitRail is at the forefront of helping to make rail communications faster, safer, and more reliable than before," said Laisvydas Rudzianskas, GSM-R project
manager, Lithuania Railways.
"Nortel is number one in GSM-R worldwide," said Sorin Lupu, president, Eastern European Markets, Nortel. "GSM-R is helping increase the efficiency, speed, services, safety and reliability of the world's railways and is also helping to make this form of transportation more competitive compared to others such as road
transport and short-haul aviation. Nortel's attention to developing energy-efficient solutions can also lead to operational cost reductions for railway operators."
Nortel's GSM-R technology will help increase railway efficiency and safety by providing reliable and secure communications among railway operational staff, including conductors, dispatchers, train engineers
and station controllers. GSM-R is also part of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) standard that combines GSM-R for voice communication and European Train Control System (ETCS) for
signaling systems. ERTMS carries the signaling information directly to the train conductor and operates traffic crossroad signals, enabling faster train speeds and higher traffic density while maintaining a high level of safety.
The new network includes Nortel All-IP Voice Core solution for rail operators based on the Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA) platform. It provides a robust carrier-grade
voice network using GSM-R infrastructure to deliver instant mobile communications benefits even at high-speeds. The system also provides the switching, mobility and subscriber management functions needed to
achieve seamless and secure operation of wireless voice service for railway operations. And it helps reduce operational costs through ease-of-maintenance, improved network management features and the
ability to operate efficiently using less power.
"Belam has worked with Nortel for more than 15 years, and I'm confident that together we will bring the project to successful and timely implementation, acting in strict compliance with the project
timeline and original tender requirements. We are combining the technology, global experience and commitment to innovation and continuous R&D to produce the very best solution for LitRail," said
Dmitry Krupnikov, director for business development, Belam. "The LitRail GSM-R project is a good example of how telecom technologies can help a region's economy, as an effective transportation system
for the busiest geographic trade crossroads in the Baltic can bring untold benefits to the region."