GSM-R radio system newly launched on the line Děčín through Ústí nad Labem, Mělník and Všetaty to Kolín


Ústí n./Labem, 27 November 2013 – Another part of the domestic railway network was retrofitted with a pan-European digital radio standard GSM-R to increase safety on railway lines. A 172 kilometre-long section was covered from Děčín Prostřední Žleb - Děčín east - Ústí n/L. Střekov - Mělník - Všetaty - Lysá n/L. – to Kolín. “The GSM-R network allows rail carriers to communicate through a single vehicle radio station across all of Europe,” said Mojmír Nejezchleb, Deputy Director General of the Railway Infrastructure Administration today at an industry seminar on digitalization of the national railway. The construction is co-financed by the European Union from the Cohesion Fund within the framework of the Transport Operational Programme for 2007-2013. The extent of EU co-financing can reach a maximum of 85% of eligible construc-tion costs. The EU contribution may thus amount to CZK 297 980 250. National funding is ensured by the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure.



The recently completed project complements the existing railway network that is already covered by the pan-European digital radio standard GSM-R. In the Czech Republic, the complete National Rail Corridors I and II are equipped with the GSM-R system. The construction amounting 337 million Czech crowns took place from December 2011 to the end of October 2013. It includes 22 BTS base stations. From the perspective of security, modern technology is constructed in 25 new intelligent technological GSM-R Smart Houses. Design-ing was provided by SUDOP Brno and the general supplier of the entire construction and guarantor of the technological parties is the company Kapsch CarrierCom. “By implementing the pan-European standard GSM-R, the state is increasing the competitiveness of domestic carriers and railway infrastructure within Europe,” says the Deputy Director General Mr. Nejezchleb about the reasons for implementing the system. “The GSM-R system is considered to be one of the most successful European projects – gradually it has turned from a European standard into a worldwide standard,” pointed out Karel Feix, Director General of Kapsch CarrierCom, member of the international holding which is the world leader in GSM-R technology with projects implemented e.g. in France, Germany, Slovakia, Austria, England, Poland, Spain or Italy.


About the GSM-R system

For the development of applications necessary for modern traffic control in railway transport, it was essential to develop and implement a radio system in this environment that would serve for transfer of necessary data and voice information between fixed railway infrastructure and mobile train units. Thus the GSM-R system was applied for this specific use. The connection between a train unit and traffic control has a number of specific requirements, such as priority calls, a secure data channel, transmission of control and safety data etc. It is a communication system between a train and ground traffic control, the essence of which being not only communication as such, but also its one-hundred percent reliability. 

It is about safety, therefore no outage or interruption in communication may occur. “Promotion of the originally European only radio communication system for railway traffic control even outside of Europe is proof of its true power and use value. Africa, Asia and Australia – these are the continents where the GSM-R system is used in railway operation or being installed. Even in spite of the fact that in terms of this system, emphasis is primarily placed on maximum safety and reliability, its standardization and widespread use enable a quick reduction of costs for terminal devices,” said Karel Feix, Director of Kapsch CarrierCom. 


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