SIGNAL+DRAHT | Issue 07-08/2019

Railway and passenger communication: the transition from 2G/GSM-R to 5G/FRMCS as viewed by SBB

August 2019 | Alex Brand, Christian Nänni

GSM-R is nearing the end of its life cycle. New communication requirements resulting from digitisation projects such as smartrail 4.0 require a successor system, namely FRMCS. Time is of essence here in terms of the period available for implementation. The availability of the required additional frequencies must be clarified in 2020. One area of focus involves the creation of a flexible FRMCS vehicle architecture. Passenger communication has benefited extensively from the rapid introduction of 4G....