South Africa to update railway communication service with Chinese technology

South Africa to update railway communication service with Chinese technology : Our train communication service will be equipped with the advanced Chinese digital radio system for signaling”, the South African railway system announced here on Thursday.

“The leading global information and communication technology solution provider Huawei has been chosen to supply us with the GSM- R (Global System for Mobile Communications Railway) after a competitive bidding and procurement,” said Lucky Montana, CEO of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA ) at a press conference.

The PRASA is the South African state-owned enterprise responsible for most passenger rail service in the country.

The GSM-R is an international wireless standard for railway communication and applications, and is used for communication between train and railway regulation control centers.

It will provide the automatic train protection and introduce the semi-automatic train driving capacity in the network, reducing the probability of train accidents due to the driver error.

It will be the first time for Sub-Saharan Africa to deploy the GSM-R network, spanning a total of 1200 kilometers across South Africa.

Huawei will form a consortium with some other companies to partner with the PRASA in the delivery of this project.

“The entire project is worth 485 million rands (about 52 million US dollars),” said the PRASA official.

The PRASA CEO said the advanced system will be installed in all PRASA regions for ensuring the public safety, including the western city of Cape Town, the southern city of Durban and the eastern province of Gauteng.

“With a strong experience in the installation of the GSM-R to rail administration in Asia, Australia and Europe with a range of covering more than 11,000 km, Huawei has been committed to GSM-R technologies since 2002 and today has worldwide leadership in the creation of communication networks that integrate reliable railway information services, systems and software applications into a single ICT (information and communication technology) system”, said Eman Liu, President of Huawei Enterprise Business for east and southern Africa.

“We are very pleased to forge a partnership with the PRASA. Huawei’s mission is to deliver innovative, affordable, and customized ICT products and solutions that are able to meet the dynamic needs of our customers and end-users across all countries and their regions.” said the Huawei official.

“A series of network infrastructure products and solutions such as the GSM-R base station, core network and optical transmission equipment will be implemented in the coming months for the first phase of the PRASA’s strategy to upgrade its railway system by 2015,” said Liu.

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Source : GlobalTimes

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