International Institute of Communications

Tel:+44 (0)20 8544 8076
Fax:+44 (0)20 8544 8077

social twitter sm  social linkedin sm  social youtube sm  social facebook sm

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

Stay up to date with the IIC

Tell us how you'd like to stay informed about events, interviews and more from the IIC. 

My IIC Preferences

Follow us on Twitter