On track for rail support

6 December 2006  •  Author(s): Thomaz D’Agostini Aquino (Chairman) and Philip Harley (Deputy Chairman), TETRA Rail Forum

Digital Mobile Radio technology is making its mark on the railways. Globally, operators are, in the main, selecting either GSM-R or TETRA for main line railways and TETRA for urban rail systems.

In Europe, the EU has long been concerned about inter-operability and the inefficiencies of multiple communications networks in adjacent rail networks. The EU has recommended the use of GSM-R for all main railway lines and each EU member state must adopt Interoperability Directive 96/48/EX into national recommendation. This directive does not apply to metropolitan railways in Europe.

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