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Nortel Speeds Algerian Wireless Railway Communications With New GSM-R Contracts

The new lines are managed by Algeria's SNTF (Societe Nationale des Transports Ferroviares), the first African railway operator to adopt the GSM-R standard.

PARIS, FRANCE, Jul 15, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Nortel(1) (CA:NT: news, chart, profile) NT:Nortel Networks Corporation has been selected to provide wireless communications with its GSM-R technology for two new railway lines in Algeria. GSM-R is expected to enable the Algerian railway infrastructure agency, Agence Nationale d'Etudes et de Suivi de la Realisation des Investissements Ferroviaires (ANESRIF) to improve safety and increase average train speeds to reduce travel times while reducing operational costs. Nortel's technology will also help increase network interoperability and support new voice applications running over the GSM-R network such as railway emergency and group conference calls.
ANESRIF is managing the modernization of the Algerian railway system, including the construction of new railway lines, signaling systems and other railway equipment. The introduction of GSM-R on the two new railway lines at Tabia-Mecheria and Bordj Bouarreridj - M'Sila will extend the first GSM-R network awarded to Nortel in 2006 for the El Gourzi-Touggourt line in Eastern Algeria. The new lines are managed by Algeria's SNTF (Societe Nationale des Transports Ferroviares), the first African railway operator to adopt the GSM-R standard.
"Nortel's global leadership in GSM-R is the result of an early and significant investment in this technology which has been developed to meet the communications needs of leading railways worldwide like the Algerian ANESRIF and SNTF", said Michel Clement, president, Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa, Nortel. "The solution will help ANESRIF and SNTF provide a better, safer service at a lower operational cost, helping them meet their modernization plans to create the most modern and advanced railway network in Africa."
GSM-R helps increase the efficiency and safety of the railway by supporting reliable and secure communications among railway operational staff, including drivers, dispatchers, train engineers and station controllers. GSM-R is part of the new European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) standard and carries the signalling information directly to the train driver, enabling faster train speeds and increased traffic density while maintaining a high level of safety.
Nortel's GSM-R solution is interoperable and highly flexible, supporting signaling systems from different vendors already deployed along the Algerian rail network. This new Nortel deployment includes integrating the GSM-R radio system to ANESRIF's core network, GSM-R terminals such as handhelds and cab radios, as well as related telecom services for the railway lines.
Nortel has over 15 years experience with GSM-R mobile communications technology and is today the only supplier providing GSM-R on three continents. With more than 60 percent of the more than 115,000 km of tracks using its GSM-R system, Nortel is the number one GSM-R provider globally. Nortel has been awarded national GSM-R contracts in Austria, France, Germany, Lithuania and the UK as well as large GSM-R deployments in China, the Czech Republic, Italy, India, Slovakia, and in Spain.
About ANESRIF
In July 2005 the National Agency of Studies and of Follow-up of the Realization of the Railway Investment (ANESRIF) was created to materialize the ambitious modernization plan of the Algerian railway sector. The ANESRIF, publicly-owned establishment related to commercial and industrial nature, and under the supervision of the Minister of Transport, constitutes a management tool of the railway building sites, its role is to take care of the good realization of the projects; and to ensure their delivery within the allowed time. For more information visit ANESRIF at http://www.anesrif.dz/.
About Nortel
Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that make the promise of Business Made Simple a reality for our customers. Our next-generation technologies, for both service provider and enterprise networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications. Nortel's technologies are designed to help eliminate today's barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting people to the information they need, when they need it. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries around the world. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news, visit www.nortel.com/news.
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Un train pour conteneurs entre Port de Béjaïa et les Hauts Plateaux




Un train régulier de transport de conteneurs devant relier le port de Béjaïa à Bordj Bou-Arréridj entrera en fonction à partir de lundi, a-t-on appris de la direction de l'exploitant du terminal à conteneurs du port de Béjaïa. Cette rotation sera assurée trois fois par semaine. Elle intervient suite à un accord entre le BMT (Béjaïa Mediteranean Terminal) et les filiales du transport combiné de la SNTF (Société nationale des chemins de fer) que sont Rail-Link Algérie et la Société de transport intermodal (STIM), a précisé la même source. Cette démarche est considérée comme un prélude à la création d’un port sec dans la région des Hauts-Plateaux (Bordj Bou-Arréridj, Sétif et M’sila), a-t-elle indiqué. Les prévisions pour le premier semestre 2009 tablent sur un volume de fret à transporter par rail de l’ordre de 20 000 tonnes, représentant l’équivalent de 15 000 EVP, a-t-on précisé.
Ce projet intervient dans le sens du développement du transport intermodal dont l’impact se mesure en termes d’économie à générer aux industriels et importateurs de la région qui vont pouvoir bénéficier d’un service du porte à porte, allégement du trafic des camions sur les routes nationales entre Béjaïa et Bordj Bou-Arréridj et l’environnement.
Cette expérience a déjà été mise à l’épreuve avec la zone industrielle de Rouiba (Alger), mais interrompue depuis l’accident déploré, il y a quelques mois, sur la ligne ferroviaire entre Béjaïa et Alger. Sa reprise devrait intervenir dès la remise en état et le dégagement de ce tronçon de circulation, a-t-on indiqué.
Créé en juillet 2005, BMT est engagé, en outre, sur un projet de réalisation d’une plate-forme extraportuaire à Béjaïa dont le lancement des travaux devrait intervenir avant fin 2008. Son rôle est de servir de base de réception et de traitement des conteneurs vides, de leur nettoyage, mais aussi de zone d’empotage et de dépotage. ? moyen terme, il est question d’en faire un espace de dépôt sous douane, voire de mini-plateforme logistique, étant voué non seulement à accueillir les conteneurs en souffrance et qui engorgent le port, mais aussi à y opérer des activités de consolidation et de dégroupage.
 
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