LONDON Thales U.K. has selected Nortel to provide a digital wireless communications network and support services for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link between London and Folkestone. The network will be designed to support secure, reliable voice communications to train controllers and drivers using the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, including Eurostar.
Thales U.K.’s telecommunications business was contracted to supply communications services by Rail Link Engineering, the company responsible for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
Working alongside Thales UK, Nortel is providing engineering, installation, integration, project and consultancy services for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link GSM for Railways (GSM-R) network. Channel Tunnel Rail Link drivers will communicate via GSM-R terminals to GSM-R base transceiver stations along the rail link between London and Folkestone, connected through a base station controller located in Ashford, Kent.
Nortel is deploying nationwide GSM-R networks across Europe and Asia. These include networks in France for RFF, in Great Britain for Network Rail, and in Germany for Deutsche Bahn. Nortel supplied the high-speed line between Rome and Naples, Italy for SIRTI. Nortel is also deploying a GSM-R network for the world’s highest rail line, the Tibet-Qinghai high-speed line in China.