GSM-R deployment continues from Ostrava to the state border with Slovakia and from Přerov to Česká Třebová


Přerov, 1st December 2011 – on today´s festive occasion an expert seminar has opened another significant phase within the GSM-R implementation on the railway line Ostrava – Opava, Dětmarovice – state border with Slovakia and the connecting line of both main corridors Přerov – Česká Třebová.  It involves sections that will supplement the current railway network which has been covered with all-European digital radio standard GSM-R. The I and II National Railway Corridor is equipped with the GSM-R system in the Czech Republic. GSM-R is a system which enhances the safety of key railway lines, which is why its deployment is supported by the European Union. Pursuant to the contract, the construction „GSM-R, Ostrava junction – state border with Slovakia and Přerov – Č. Třebová“ is to be completed no later than in January 2013.



The construction is funded by the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure under the Operational Programme Transport and from the EU Cohesion Fund. The maximum level of EU co-funding may represent up to 85 % of the eligible cost of the construction. The maximum level of the contribution may thus total CZK 559,050,100. The investor is the Railway Infrastructure Administration (SŽDC) and the chief contractor is the Kapsch company. “By implementing the construction, reliable means of communication will be established among the engine drivers, train dispatchers and traffic controllers, which will substantially enhance the reliability and safety of the railway operation,”commented Ing. Jiří Martínek, SŽDC´s Deputy DG for Modernization during the expert seminar on the digitization of the national railway corridors. „By introducing the all-European GSM-R standard, the state enhances the competitiveness of the carriers as well as of the domestic railway infrastructure. The GSM-R system is considered one of the most successful European projects – from the European standard it turned into a worldwide standard,“ pointed out Ing. Karel Feix, Director General of the Kapsch company,
a member of the international holding, which is the world leader of GSM-R technologies with implementations carried out e.g. in France, Germany, Austria, England, Poland, Spain or Italy.

The GSM-R radio network expands the network of ground base stations and the related system segments of the network – the controlling and connecting segment of the network including the monitoring management. Also, the connecting module (BSC) will be built in Přerov and it will be used for the connection of the base stations (BTS) in Moravia as well as serve as a back-up module (BSC). Another goal of the construction is the implementation of the required telecommunication system, including necessary fibre-optic paths. Within the scope of the construction, the system is equipped with new applications and the number of connected traffic control terminals will increase. The GSM-R implementation is essential for the future deployment of the European Train Control System ETCS L2, which will result in enhanced safety and at the same time it will ensure a fully interoperable operation of the vehicles equipped with this system.


Construction in numbers  
Total length of the lines to be covered with GSM-R 230 km
Base radio-stations BTS 39
Supplementing the current BTS 1
Control unit BSC 1
Supplementing the transmission nodes SDH 14
Transmitting aerials 80
Diagnostic fibre-optic cable 72
Transmission nodes SDH 39
Traffic control terminals 32



About the GSM-R deployment in the track section Ostrava – state border with Slovakia and Přerov - Č. Třebová

On 11.7.2011, the Railway Infrastructure Administration concluded a contract for the Deployment of the GSM-R system in the track section Ostrava – state border with Slovakia and Přerov – Česká Třebová with the Kapsch company. The whole construction of the GSM-R system will proceed until 11.1.2013. From the operational perspective, we speak about significant track sections connecting the I and II National Railway corridor and the international connection to Slovakia. The terms of the construction followed the European rules called FIDIC, by the so-called yellow book – Design and Build system. For the total length of 230 km, the construction involves altogether 39 base stations BTS. From the safety perspective, this modern technology is built in 35 new technological structures equipped with the system for intelligent maintenance called GSM‑R Smart House.

About the GSM-R system

In order to develop applications necessary for the modern traffic control within the railway transport, it was necessary to design and to implement a radio system which will serve for the transmission of necessary data and voice information between the fixed railway infrastructure and mobile train units. That is why the GSM-R system has been applied for this specific use. The connection between the train unit and the traffic control has a number of specific requirements, such as priority call, safe data channel, transmission of control and safeguarding data etc. It is a communication system between the train and the ground traffic control, which is not based solely on the communication but also on its 100% reliability. Since it concerns the safety, there must never be communication failure or interruption.„The fact that the originally European radio communication system to control the railway transport had also broken through outside Europe demonstrates its true power and utility value. Africa, Asia and Australia are continents where the GSM-R system has been applied in the railway operation or it is being installed. Despite the fact that this system puts emphasis on maximum safety and reliability in the first place, its standardization and widespread application allow to rapidly reduce the expenses of end terminals,“ said Karel Feix, Director of Kapsch company.


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