Upgrade complete for Kazakhstan’s railway communications network
Sept 28. Developing Telecoms
By James Barton
The modernisation of Kazakhstan’s railway communication network has been completed. The new network – installed by Alcatel-Lucent in conjunction with Transtelecom JSC – improves communications between trains and centralised traffic control systems, and supports more advanced information systems to improve passenger safety and offer a better overall experience for travellers. In addition, this new network enables the expansion of freight transport across Kazakhstan and to neighbouring countries.
The two companies worked together to upgrade the communications network of Kazakhstan Temir Zholi JSC (KTZ, Kazakh Railways), which is investing in the improvement of rail and trade links across the republic of Kazakhstan and with the neighbouring countries of Russia, China, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
The new fibre optic network will support advanced on-board and in-station passenger information systems as well as a variety of new broadband services, increasing the efficiency and punctuality of the train network. Operational efficiency has been enhanced with improved communications between trains, on-the-ground staff and centralised systems, aiding the transportation of freight across Kazakhstan and the export of goods to neighbouring countries. With the introduction of higher-speed passenger trains onto the same rail lines as freight trains, intelligent sensors, alarms and centralised traffic control systems have enhanced the railway signalling system to ensure safety across the network.
Mr Mirbolat Ayupov, Transtelecom JSC President said, “This project provides Kazakhstan Temir Zholy JSC and its subsidiaries with a comprehensive, automated system to connect all rail transport lines. This will enable efficiencies across the network to ensure all of our customers have a safe and enjoyable experience as we help to enhance the competitiveness of Kazakhstan’s international freight exports.”
Mr Alexander Tikhonov, Head of Alcatel-Lucent’s business in CIS said, “We see our mission as offering customers in the regions highly efficient and reliable solutions that resolve their business issues based on our product portfolio and experience solving mission-critical communications issues within various industries worldwide. Successful completion of the JSC Kazakhstan Temir Joly network modernisation project once again demonstrates how important it is to find a solution for such large-scale projects that combines optimal design with wide service capabilities and rich integration experience.”
Transtelecom JSC was originally established by Kazakhstan Temir Zholi JSC to maintain and modernise the existing rail communications system, and has since expanded to offer communications services throughout the country. By supporting the delivery of new business and consumer services, the network upgrade will enable Transtelecom JSC to expand its revenue base.
For this project Alcatel-Lucent provided “Transtelecom” JSC with a reliable integrated mission critical telecommunications infrastructure which extends the fibre-optic network to over 4,000 km and upgrades 2000 km of existing lines. Alcatel-Lucent has deployed its long-haul optical transport network, which transports information quickly, intelligently and cost-effectively.