Malaysia has launched its first Mass Rapid Transit line with support from Nokia and Korea-based systems integrator LG CNS. Together they will provide the mission-critical communications network to support the latest railway operations developing in the country. This project is part of the new Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) line that will ultimately cover 51km and serve 1.2 million residents in and around Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur. Nokia will provide the integral transmission network based on Internet Protocol/Multi-Protocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) technology. This will support a variety of both passenger and operational services including passenger information and security systems. Key challenges for rail operators today are the same for tomorrow: safety is the number one priority. So for Malaysia's rail operator, the communications part of the train operation is crucial.
This mass rapid transit line starts from Sungai Buloh which is located to the north-west of Kuala Lumpur, runs through the city centre of Kuala Lumpur, and ends in Kajang. The line serves a corridor with an estimated population of 1.2 million people. Phase One of the SBK Line from Sungai Buloh to Semantan had become operational at the end of 2016, while Phase Two from Semantan to Kajang will become operational by July 2017, allowing trains to serve the entire line.
To date, Nokia has deployed IP/MPLS networks in more than 30 railways worldwide. It also highlights the growing momentum behind Nokia's strategy to expand its customer base to organisations outside of the traditional telecommunications sphere. Communication networks play a crucial role in helping railway operators and public transport authorities ensure on-time, safe and connected journeys. They run alongside the railways infrastructure and are the path to providing reliable voice and data services for train control, operations and emergency communications, multimedia collaboration, video protection and also passenger connectivity.
Nokia therefore, will be able to contribute by helping Malaysia’s mass rapid transit guarantee future-proof investments with carrier-grade, highly reliable network solutions based on standardised technologies. Additionally, it will enable a smooth migration of legacy products and services towards the next generation of railways’ broadband technology.
How a successful communications network can help rail operators:
Stuart Hendry, head of Global Enterprise & Public Sector for Asia Pacific & Japan at Nokia, said: "Nokia's IP/MPLS solution for railways is designed to address railway operators' demanding requirements in terms of performance, reliability and, most importantly, safety. We are pleased to play such an important role in helping ensure safe, on-time and connected journeys for Kuala Lumpur's residents."
For the Malaysian project, Nokia will provide wireless transmission and operational support subsystems such as supervisory control and data acquisition, maintenance management syste, automated fare collection and more.
The IP/MPLS network consists of the 7750 Service Router and 7210 Service Access Switch, satisfying the stringent requirements of reliability and security. The network provides scalable Layer-2 and Layer-3 virtual private network services to support the different railway sub-systems. End-to-end network and services management is handled by the Nokia Network Services Platform, enabling efficient provisioning, maintenance and troubleshooting. Nokia also provided a range of professional services for the project, including network design, installation, test and commissioning and training.
Byung Il Park, Project Director of LG CNS said: "Nokia's strong solutions for the railway industry, deep local presence and global experience in delivering sophisticated solutions and services made them an ideal partner for this large and complex project."
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