Concept selection study for Future Rail Communication System, FRMCS
The Directorate of Railways will carry out a concept selection study (KVU) for the future communication system for railways. Today's communication system, GSM-R, will reach its end of life in about ten years from now and must be replaced. There will be a new European standard for communication systems on railways, called FRMCS.
Mast for today's train radio system, GSM-R at Finse. This system must be replaced by 2030-35. (Photo: Øystein Grue)
The Ministry of Transport has commissioned the Directorate of Railways to create a concept selection study for a future communication system on railways.
Today's communication system, GSM-R, will reach its end of life in about ten years and must be replaced. There will be a future standard for communication systems on railways in Europe (FRMCS), which will also apply in Norway. By 2025, Norway must have chosen a concept for a future mobile communication system for railways that satisfies the regulations on interconnection and interoperability in Europe. This means that trains can cross national borders.
The concept study will deal with various solutions for mobile communication between trains and train management and will be seen in the context of, among other things, the preliminary project for better network coverage along the railway lines. The possibilities of adopting systems that provide faster train progress, increased capacity, lower energy consumption and better travel information will also be investigated.
Further information: Project Manager: Ove Skovdahl