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Nokia Siemens Network chooses Budapest for global railways communications center

Nokia Siemens Networks is strengthening its presence in Hungary by setting up a global competence center for railways communications solutions as a part of its development center in Budapest.

The competence center will offer about 100 new jobs in R&D for Hungarian engineers to focus on GSM-railways technology in what is planned as a worldwide hub serving Nokia Siemens Networks’ railway sector customers.

“Hungary is very important for Nokia Siemens Networks,” said Róbert Ésik, who heads Nokia Siemens Networks in Hungary. “Combining our strong local competence with our international experience and leading technological expertise we are eager to further contribute to the development of the country by joining in strategic ICT projects.”

Ésik announced the expansion plan during a visit to Nokia Siemens Networks in Budapest by Finnish Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi and Hungarian National Economy Minister György Matolcsy. As part of the program, Hungarian engineers demonstrated one of the achievements of Nokia Siemens Networks’ R&D division in the field of network management called Self Organizing Networks: this is the next frontier of network management in which the Budapest site plays an important role implementing a set of functionalities which enable full automation of the network operation and maintenance, resulting in state of the art network efficiency, top-quality services for end users, and reduced cost of ownership for operators.

More than half of Nokia Siemens Networks present employees belong to the development center in Hungary, which his part of Nokia Siemens Network global technology network developing solutions, software and applications for present and future telecommunications networks.

The newly created Hungarian center will become an international coordinator and consultant in the area of GSM-R, the modern telecommunications technology for railways, offering at the same time a great opportunity for Hungary, where GSM-R system remains still to be deployed.

“Establishment of the GSM-R system in Hungary is important for the country and also for our company. It will become the basis of a modern railway transportation system, ensuring safety, punctuality and offering modern applications to make Rail travel more comfortable for passengers,” Ésik said. “We also believe that besides GSM-R, investment in broadband infrastructure and promotion of broadband services should be among important goals of the new government. We would like to offer our help and professional know how in addressing these topics.”

With more than 800 employees, Nokia Siemens Networks in Hungary is working with all major local fixed and mobile operators, Internet Service Providers and cable operators. Two thirds of all mobile calls in Hungary are handled by Nokia Siemens Networks equipment and the company also is providing managed services to its customers.

Nokia Siemens Networks is one of the inventors of the GSM-R technology, researching and creating the GSM-R standard in the early 1990s. The world’s earliest three GSM-R trial networks and the first commercial network have been supplied by Nokia Siemens Networks. To date, the company has deployed more than 26 GSM-R networks in 19 countries serving some 50.000 km of railways, making it the world’s No. 1 GSM-R vendor. (BBJ)