Nokia Siemens Networks has won the contract for integrating both GSM-R and the world's leading tunnel technology along the Hefei-Nanjing railway line.

The Hefei-Nanjing passenger-dedicated line, is an important part of China's newly built high-speed passenger service network, and will be China's first modern passenger-service line for commercial use. The line, to be put into operation in early 2008, will become China's first newly built passenger-dedicated line for commercial use at speeds of 200 km/h.

"We are honored to provide GSM-R system for China's first railway passenger-dedicated line at 200km/h. It marks another milestone of Nokia Siemens Networks in GSM-R following our contract in this April for the Wuhan-Guangzhou Lineā€”the longest high-speed railway in the world. China's railway construction is experiencing an unprecedented leap forward, and Nokia Siemens Networks will provide the most advanced technology, the most reliable products and the best services as we have done in the past. We hope to make Hefei-Nanjing Line a model of GSM-R communication system for passenger-dedicated railway lines in China," said Zhang Zhiqiang, head of the Greater China Region of Nokia Siemens Networks.

To date, Nokia Siemens Networks has deployed GSM-R networks in 17 countries serving 50,000 kilometers of railways, making it the world's top GSM-R vendor in both number of commercial networks and length of operational GSM-R lines.

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