Nokia will upgrade more than half of Deutsche Bahn’s GSM-R network as part of an eight-year modernisation project.

The vendor has been charged with upgrading 60 percent of the German railway company’s communications network, with it supplying more than 2,000 GSM-R base stations alongside implementation and support services.

Nokia will equip Deutsche Bahn with Extended GSM-R, which provides additional capacity, in addition to providing “long-term support” to Deutsche Bahn from its Hungary-based R&D centre.

Dirk Lewandowski, Head of Railway Solutions at Nokia Networks, said: "This is one of our biggest GSM-R contracts so far and will greatly increase our footprint in Europe. The deal involves highly complex operations since the train system cannot be disrupted, and we are proud that the German railway operator recognises our proven abilities and has chosen us as its trusted strategic partner."

According to Nokia, the company serves over 73,000 kilometres of railways globally and has 29 GSM-R networks deployed worldwide.

In May, Nokia was named one of three companies charged with a 10-year, €339 million project to modernise Spain’s railway communications network.

Nokia previously won two separate contracts with Bombardier and the ADIF to provide GSM-R communications to the country’s high-speed rail networks.

Greek rail operator OSE announced the same month that it was deploying the vendor’s GSM-R technology as part of its own modernisation programme.

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