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    Société du Grand Paris picks Nokia for one of Europe’s largest infra projects 


    Vendor’s tech will be a key part of four new automated metro lines which will carry up to 2 million passengers daily

    Société du Grand Paris (SGP) will deploy Nokia’s 5G-ready IP/MPLS multiservice, mobile core and RAN solutions to support the massive expansion of Paris’ metro system.

    The Grand Paris Express, which will extend the metro into Greater Paris, is the largest metro rail project in Europe. Some 220km of new track will be constructed for four new lines (15, 16, 17 and 18) and an extension of line 14. Also, 68 new metro stations are to be built, with the idea of developing neighbourhoods around them to foster new urban centres.

    Nokia previously deployed an LTE network systems to provide critical communications across three of the new Paris metro lines. 

    The private mobile radio solution is designed for operational communications and indoor/outdoor connectivity across all Grand Paris Express stations, lines and depots.

    Mission-critical application requirements across the four lines will be supported by the multi-service IP/MPLS network carrying communication between the centralised control centre and the automated stations, lines and depots it supervises. 

    There will be real-time video surveillance inside the trains so that centralised operations teams can quickly identify and flag issues and threats, accelerate response times and assure greater safety for passengers, emergency response teams and employees.

    The new communications system promises is improved levels of service for passengers such as intuitive ticketing and more accurate travel information. 

    Matthieu Bourguignon, Vice President Enterprise Europe Sales at Nokia, said: “These projects provide critical high-speed connectivity and performance at all points within the new Grand Paris metro and its operations, giving SGP the highest levels of confidence in its end-to-end Nokia network.

    “We are incredibly proud to be selected by SGP as a supplier and excited to deploy our world-leading wireless access, IP/MPLS routing and mobile core solutions as a part of this ambitious project to digitally transform one of Europe’s largest rail systems.”