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Studies on the evolution of railway radio  
In the context of the Project for the evolution of railway radio, the Agency has performed or contracted the following studies:
  • Study for the evolution of the railways communication system, performed by Analysys Mason. Its main objective is to identify different network options. The Report was published in Q3 2013. 
  • Ex-post analysis of the relevance of GSM-R for railway operational performance and railway safety has been analysed. In 2013 the Report of this Ex-post analysis was published.
  • Study on the evolution of GSM-R, performed by IDATE/WIK. Its main objective is to identify the different options for the evolution, e.g. ownership and control of networks, technologies, spectrum. The Report was published in Q2 2015.
  • Study on migration of railway radio communication from GSM-R to other solutions, performed by Systra. Its main objective is to identify main business drivers for migration and potential migration scenarios, and to create a model to analyse the economic impact of different migration scenarios. The Report  was published in July 2016. A Workshop was held in September 2016 to discuss the outcome of the report.
  • “Study on co-existence of GSM-R and other radio technologies in the current railway radio spectrum”, performed by LS telcom. Its main objective is to study the technical and operational coexistence of another communication system with GSM-R in the current harmonised spectrum for railways during the transition period. The Report was published in July 2016.
  • Study on feasibility of satcom for railway applications, performed by INDRA/ALG. Its main objective of this study is to conclude on the potential feasibility for railway applications of current and future commercial available satellite communication services and products, as part of an integrated communication architecture with terrestrial radio networks. The Report is published in March 2017.
  • Study on “Implications of the bearer independent communication concept”, performed by SYSTRA. The main objectives of this study are to provide a working definition of bearer independence in preparation for future work, and to identify conditions for railway infrastructure, vehicles, spectrum, and for related equipment that could potentially enable European railways to achieve bearer independence. The Report was published in September 2017.

These studies, which do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Agency, will be used as input for further steps in the Project.


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