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Press release


Kapsch CarrierCom signed major contract with Infrabel in Belgium.

The Belgian railway infrastructure manager Infrabel decided to change from its previous partner and selected Kapsch CarrierCom to conduct a groundbreaking project. In the course of a 15-year framework-agreement, Kapsch will perform the migration of the R99/TDM core network currently in operation to the new R4/VoIP solution from Kapsch on the mission critical railway communication network.

Vienna, April 30, 2019 – Kapsch CarrierCom acquired Infrabel – the company responsible for the management of the Belgian railway infrastructure and of all traffic on the Belgian railway network – as a new customer. The project will improve rail traffic safety for both employees and passengers.

Within a long term framework-agreement Kapsch is responsible for the Global System for Mobile Communications-Railways (GSM-R) and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) Core Network migration from 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) R99 to Release 4 (R4) technology including network design, supply, installation and maintenance of the equipment for twelve years.

The R4 core network by Kapsch is a standards-compliant, carrier-grade, all-IP voice core solution based on advanced telecommunications computing architecture. In addition, it is compliant with the level 2 requirements of the European Train Control System (ETCS level 2). Thus, it guarantees a continuous data transmission based on GSM-R and supports live ETCS level 2 traffic.

“Our decision for Kapsch CarrierCom is based on our approach for a maximum of safety, punctuality and efficiency for our railway network. These three approaches run through all of our activities and projects. In addition, Kapsch is the main GSM-R core network supplier for main railway networks in Europe and proofed to be the perfect partner for a seamless migration to the Release 4 (R4) technology”, explains Vincent Caudron, GSM-R Expert at Infrabel.

Making Belgian’s railway network ready for the future.

The main challenge of this project is to optimize the migration process in order to minimize the risk in terms of impact on the operational communications (voice and data for ETCS level 2), taking into account that the number and the duration of the intervention timeframes are limited.

In order to master this challenge, Kapsch will implement Redundant Voice Core platforms with a full range of application services (SMS, Voice Recording, etc.) for both – live and testbed networks. These platforms will significantly increase the availability of the core network. Whereas a breakdown in a datacenter currently implies an unavailability of several hours, the new system will only imply an unavailability of a few seconds. Moreover, the maintenance operations like software upgrade will be performed without or with very limited impact on the services. The migration of the packet core platforms will bring the required functionalities and resilience allowing the use of ETCS2 over GPRS.

“The win of this new customer in a new country once again proofs our expertise in end-to-end communications solutions for mission-critical networks”, says Kari Kapsch, CEO of Kapsch CarrierCom.

Kapsch CarrierCom, a Kapsch Group company, is a global developer of end-to-end communications solutions for mission-critical networks. The innovative technologies, products and services cover the entire value chain, planning, developing, producing, deploying, maintaining and operating. Kapsch CarrierCom is a leading expert in the Global System for Mobile Communication-Railway (GSM-R) standard. In addition, the company is growing its portfolio to address PS-LTE (Public Safety LTE) use cases as well as the next generation of railway communication networks. Kapsch CarrierCom also offers PMR (Private Mobile Radio) networks based on TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) and DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) standards. Its international customers include leading railway operators, utilities, public authorities, transport operators and airports.

Kapsch CarrierCom invests intensively in research and development and is significantly involved in the development of the next generation of broadband solutions for mission-critical networks, for instance as an associated member of the European research initiative Shift2Rail.


Press contact:

Alf Netek
Chief Marketing Officer & Press Officer
Kapsch Aktiengesellschaft
Am Europlatz 2, 1120 Vienna, Austria
P +43 50 811 1700
Susanne Schalek
Head of Marketing & Communications
Kapsch CarrierCom AG
Lehrbachgasse 11, 1120 Vienna, Austria
P +43 50811 3600