Lithuanian Railways (LR) has ordered a GSM-R network from Canadian vendor Nortel, which will be installed by local partner, Belam. The EUR50.5 million (USD74.3 million) contract includes the implementation of a GSM-R radio communication system along more than 1,563km of railway, approximately 88% of the country’s rail network. This is the first GSM-R network implementation in the Baltic region. The project to replace LR’s legacy analogue equipment is partially funded by the European ‘Community Cohesion’ Fund for regional development.
‘Belam has worked with Nortel for more than 15 years on wireless communications projects and together we have considerable experience of delivering joint projects in the Baltic region, including Latvia and Lithuania. We partner with market leaders like Nortel so we can benefit from their experience and keep up to date on the top trends in railway communications,’ said Dmitry Krupnikov, Belam’s director for Business Development. ‘Introducing GSM-R technology enables Lithuanian Railways to shift to a new level of cooperation within the entire EU railway system and will contribute to Lithuania’s integration into the EU.’