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Rail industry aims to fight for its spectrum

At the UIC World Conference on Rail Transport Telecoms, European rail bodies have stressed that the industry will need to make a clear and robust case for its future radio spectrum requirements as it works to develop a successor to GSM-R, reports Rail Journal. In a draft position paper, the European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM) association and the Community of European Railways and Infrastructure Companies (CER) suggest that the 873-876 MHz/918-921 MHz band should be reserved in addition to the current GSM-R band for the Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS) which will be rolled out from the mid-2020s. EIM and CER say this has emerged as “the most favourable option to reuse infrastructure investment and allow a smoother migration”. The EU Agency for Railways, which is working with UIC, CER, EIM and Shift2Rail and other bodies to develop a specification for FRMCS, says spectrum will be an issue not just in Europe but globally. “We are working with stakeholders to define a successor to GSM-R,” says the agency's director general Josef Doppelbauer. “A key challenge is that we need spectrum both for the future system and GSM-R during the migration phase. There will be massive competition for this spectrum – autonomous cars are going to need a lot bandwidth to sustain their network – so we need to fight for our bandwidth.” Read more

  • Monday, 22 May 2017

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