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Press Release -- March 6th, 2012
Source: Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks supplies mobile network for Turkish railway

Istanbul, Turkey – March 6, 2012

GSM-R to provide reliable railway for Ankara-Istanbul high-speed train line

The Turkish railway administration, TCDD (T.C. Devlet Demiryolları), is working with Nokia Siemens Networks to build a new communications network for the rail line between Inonu and Kosekoy. This 158 kilometer high speed train line is under construction to connect Ankara with Istanbul*. Nokia Siemens Networks is providing TCDD with its GSM-R (railway) radio and core network elements and services. In 2009, the company built a GSM-R network for the existing 275 kilometer Ankara-Inonu line.

“Building a reliable, interoperable railway communications network is important for TCDD as per European Union regulations,” said Erkan Tezcanli, head of customer team at Nokia Siemens Networks. “We are providing our GSM-R technology for TCDD to build a reliable and interoperable network. Nokia Siemens Networks is one of the two GSM-R suppliers globally that successfully completed interoperability tests recognized by the European Commission.”

To build the Inonu-Kosekoy communications network, Nokia Siemens Networks is providing its GSM-R radio network equipment, including base stations and base station controllers. In addition, the company is supplying GSM-R user equipment, including handheld devices, train cabin radios and dispatcher terminals. It is also delivering repeaters to enable better network coverage in tunnels.

Nokia Siemens Networks’ advanced radio system will provide reliable communications between the train driver and guard in the moving high-speed train and operations center on ground. This is expected to improve the efficiency of railway operations to reduce train delays and enhance the security of railway stations and safety of passengers.

With this project, the company’s GSM-R commercial lines will increase to over 46,000 kilometers worldwide. With this, the company has increased its GSM-R market share to 60% globally, maintaining its leadership position.

More information, including short videos featuring one of its customers and onboard passenger experience, is available online.

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*In 2003, Turkish state railways launched its most prestigious project to construct a high-speed train line covering 533 kilometer to connect Ankara with Istanbul. The first phase of its project connecting Ankara with Eskisehir was inaugurated in 2009. The second phase of its project constructs railway line between Inonu and Kosekoy. TCDD aims to open up Istanbul-Inonu high-speed train line for the public by the end of 2013.

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