ProRail signs GSM-R voice and data communications management agreement

Posted: 4 May 2021 | | No comments yet

Under the agreement, ProRail’s GSM-R voice and data communications network in The Netherlands will be operated and maintained for a period of 10 years.

ProRail signs GSM-R voice and data communications management agreement

Nokia has announced that it will provide operational and managed services for ProRail’s Global System for Mobile Communications – Railway (GSM-R) voice and data communications network in the Netherlands.

Over a 10-year period, Nokia will provide an extensive portfolio of managed services that includes operational governance, network operations and fulfilment, as well as support services across capacity planning, change management, optimisation and field services.

Nokia will operate and maintain the GSM-R network, including radio planning, capacity management, management of third-party maintenance contracts and network extensions, updates and upgrade projects.

Arjen Boersma, Chief Information Officer at ProRail, said: “This agreement represents a major step forward in our long-standing relationship with Nokia on GSM-R. It creates the platform for long-term system performance and operational efficiency, as well as paving the way for migration to the Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS).

Head of Nokia Enterprise Benelux, Emmanuelle Pierrard, said: “We are excited to partner with ProRail on this prestigious contract as it plans for the future of rail in the Netherlands. Increases in passenger and freight traffic will require smart and sustainable solutions, and we are eager to play our part in helping ProRail to achieve its goals.”

The delivery team of network planning and monitoring specialists will be based at Nokia’s Hoofddorp offices in the Netherlands, as well as Nokia’s Network Operations Center in Romania. This combined delivery approach gives ProRail access to Nokia’s extensive pool of domain expertise and knowledge.

Friedrich Trawoeger, Vice President Nokia Cloud and Cognitive Services, said: “Our managed services capabilities combine deep customer understanding, strong focus on value creation and world-class delivery capability. Throughout this contract, Nokia will apply its deep knowledge and understanding of both GSM-R systems and FRMCS.”

Nokia has begun a two-year transition period from the current operator in order to begin operations in September 2022.