The new network will be based on technology that is being developed to meet the mission-critical service requirements of railway operators
The Korea Rail Network Authority (KRNA) has chosen Nokia to supply the world’s first LTE-R mobile broadband network.
The network will be deployed on a railway line between Wonju and Gangneung cities and be used to support railway operations and employee services as part of preparations for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
KRNA is responsible for the development and maintenance of railway infrastructure in South Korea as well as several other countries.
The new network will be based on LTE-R technology, a version of 4G LTE technology that is being developed to meet the mission-critical service requirements of railway operators. The network will support both operational and maintenance services on a high-speed commercial railway line operating at speeds of up to 250km/h, said Nokia.
“South Korea has been a world leader in the use of mobile broadband technology to make public services of all kinds safer, more efficient and reliable,” said Andrew Cope, head of Korea at Nokia.
“With a 30-year history in the delivery of GSM-R mobile networking technology for railways, and as a pioneer in the development of LTE-R solutions, we are pleased to partner with KRNA to bring these cutting edge capabilities to the country as they prepare to host one of the world’s premier sporting events.”
For the project, Nokia will supply radio access network (RAN) base stations (eNodeBs) along with Nokia NetAct, the first major virtualised network management software for mobile networks.
NetAct delivers best-in-class applications for the railway operations and employee services management of KRNA, said Nokia. It also delivers advanced assurance capabilities as part of its comprehensive, multi-domain service assurance program, which provides closed-loop automation to drive greater network agility and optimisation.
Nokia systems integration and deployment services will help to establish the new LTE-R network.
The network will also be designed to interoperate with other LTE networks supporting public safety and maritime operations as well as legacy very high frequency (VHF) and trunked radio system (TRS) radio networks.
This project is intended to serve as a model for future LTE-R deployments, and help further define LTE-R standardisation efforts.
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