DB Systel to examine interaction between new and legacy GSM-R architectures

February 2, 2010

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ESCHBORN, Germany -- DB Systel, subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn and one of the leading providers of ICT services in Germany, and Huawei, a leader in providing next generation telecommunications networks, jointly announced today that DB Systel has acquired a modern IP core based GSM-Railway (GSM-R) system from Huawei. GSM-R is an international wireless communications standard for railway communications and applications. The system will be used in DB Systel’s test laboratory to examine future-oriented network architectures for GSM-R.DB Systel plans to conduct product and interoperability testing for its own purposes to examine interaction between Huawei`s system architectures with existing architectures in the GSM-R network. With this acquisition, DB Systel’s test laboratory provides access to GSM-R equipment from Huawei for the first time.

High-speed rail transportation requires a communications system with high levels of safety and stability. From the IP based core network to the access network, Huawei provides multiple design solutions providing market-leading redundancy concepts for reliable GSM-R systems.

Huawei is one of the key players in the development of modern IP based cellular systems like LTE, and experts consider LTE as a potential successor technology to GSM-R.In April 2009, Huawei successfully launched its GSM-R communication system for the Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan passenger transport railway, which can reach speeds of up to 250km/h and covers 189.93km throughout China. The Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan railway includes the longest tunnel in Asia - the 28km Taihang double-tube tunnel. Huawei’s GSM-R solution solved the coverage problems previously experienced inside super long tunnels. By the end of 2009, more than 4000km of railway lines had been contracted to Huawei. In January 2010, Huawei was contracted for the delivery of a GSM-R system to RailCorp NSW, Australia by UGL. Huawei’s digital train radio system will cover 1,455 kilometers of track, stables and rail sidings and 70 kilometres of railway tunnels across the Sydney metropolitan rail network.

“Optimising new telecommunications systems for different vendors for railway purposes is a core business within our test lab and necessary to provide market overview” said Wolfgang Klein, Head of Systems Engineering and Network Operations of DB Systel.

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

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