the CommScope, Inc. division that is a global leader in wireless
communication systems and products, has signed a contract with Alcatel-Lucent
Switzerland for providing radio frequency (RF) coverage solutions in
the world’s longest railway tunnel, the Gotthard
Base Tunnel in Switzerland.
Andrew will provision its ION(TM)-M
multi-band, multi-operator fiber distributed antenna system and RADIAX®
radiating cables to spread reliable, high-performance wireless coverage
throughout the tunnel. Railway operators and emergency personnel will be
primary users of the system with GSM-R and PMR communications standards
supported, while public 2G and 3G mobile network customers will also
benefit with improved coverage.
“Railway systems rely on clear and constant communication among train
engineers and control centers for smooth and safe operation,” said
Markus Kalt, vice president of business operations, EMEA, Wireless
Innovations, Andrew. “Andrew is honored to be chosen by Alcatel-Lucent
for supplying the coverage solutions that help ensure such important
Unique challenges in supporting railway communications in tunnels
include the high-speed handoffs that are required as passengers zip
through the tunnel. Gotthard Base Tunnel commuters will travel at speedsof up to 250 kilometers per hour. Andrew’s ION-M solution, which
includes over 600 remote units for this project, is tuned to handle such
quick hand-offs. In addition to the Gotthard Base Tunnel’s main
carriageway tunnel tubes, the railway system consists of numerous access
and service tunnels totaling 153 kilometers in length. Andrew’s RADIAX
radiating cables will support the entire tunnel system.
Gotthard, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Swiss Federal
Railways, is constructing the Gotthard Base Tunnel as part of a new flat
rail link through the Swiss Alps. With a length of 57 kilometers, the
world's longest tunnel should become operational at the end of 2017.
Transtec Gotthard, a consortium of four industry leaders, has been
contracted for the provisioning of the complete railway technology.
Alcatel-Lucent Switzerland is the partner responsible for furnishing
telecommunications and tunnel control technology.
“Being responsible for communications in the Gotthard Tunnel, we needed
a versatile, multi-functional system that could handle essential,
emergency, and commercial communications,” said Marco Brugnoni, program
manager, Alcatel-Lucent Switzerland. “Andrew has the proven experience
in delivering reliable, quality equipment in such scenarios.”
Andrew offers operators worldwide a complete portfolio of coverage and
capacity products that includes Node repeaters,
indoor antennas, and passive
devices in addition to ION optical distribution systems and RADIAX
radiating cable. The company boasts over 15 years of experience in
designing, testing, installing and managing complicated wireless signal
distribution systems for metropolitan railways, tramways, and other
large-sized construction projects. Among numerous other projects, Andrew
previously was chosen to provide coverage and capacity for the Turin,
Italy underground in advance of the 2006 Winter Olympics and for
many of the 2006
World Cup venues in Germany. Other past projects on high-speed rail
systems include ones in Taiwan,
Spain, Switzerland, and Norway.
More information about the Gotthard Base Tunnel can be found at www.alptransit.ch
More information about Alcatel-Lucent Switzerland can be found at www.alcatel-lucent.ch.
RADIAX is a registered trademark and ION is a trademark of CommScope,
Inc. (NYSE: CTV)(www.commscope.com)
is a world leader in infrastructure solutions for communication
networks. Through its Andrew®
brand, it is a global leader in radio frequency subsystem solutions for
wireless networks. Through its SYSTIMAX®
brands, CommScope is a world leader in network infrastructure solutions,
delivering a complete end-to-end physical layer solution, including
cables and connectivity, enclosures, intelligent software and network
design services, for business enterprise applications. CommScope also is
the premier manufacturer of coaxial cable for broadband
cable television networks and one of the leading North American
providers of environmentally secure cabinets
for DSL and FTTN applications. Backed by strong research and
development, CommScope combines technical expertise and proprietary
technology with global manufacturing capability to provide customers
with infrastructure solutions for evolving global communications
networks in more than 130 countries around the world.
This press release includes forward-looking statements that are based on
information currently available to management, management’s beliefs, as
well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events.
Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are
subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, which could
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