The first phase of India’s National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) Regional Rapid Transit System will support the European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 Signalling, and Nokia has completed testing voice and data calls over a 4.9G/LTE private wireless network to support this.
The 82km rail route between Delhi and Meerut, which has 25 stations, will be covered by the project, which will be implemented in four stages and finished by 2025.
Nokia says this is a world first application of an LTE network that is being used along with ETCS Level 2 signalling to provide commuter service. In addition, ETCS Level 2 based system allows trains to report their precise location in real-time which will further help to send alerts to the commuters by sharing the trains’ exact location and decrease the waiting time at the train stations.
As part of the agreement, Nokia will provide Nokia Evolved Packet Core (EPC), Compact Mobile Unit (CMU), NetAct, Network Services Platform (NSP), installation and commissioning services and integration services. Nokia will also deliver Operation Control Center (OCC) and Back-up Control Center (BCC) to ensure seamless operations. Nokia is partnering with Alstom for implementing this private network.