SNTF deploys GSM-R

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By  Published  September 15, 2006

Algerian railways operator Société Nationale des Transports Ferroviaires (SNTF) has started deployment of Africa’s first GSM-R-based wireless networking system.

GSM for railways (GSM-R) is a communications technology created for rail operators in Europe.

The system that will be used by SNTF is supplied by Nortel, one of the main providers of GSM-R equipment worldwide.

“The international GSM-R standard is a key component to upgrading the Algerian railway communication infrastructure,” said Ali Leulmi, central director of infrastructures at SNTF.

The technology allows railway operators to maintain constant contact with trains, crew and maintenance staff. Nortel’s local partner, SNEF Algeria, will implement the system.

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