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The Australian arm of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei has been awarded a contract to build and maintain digital radio services that would provide voice and data services across the rail network in Perth.

In a statement, the company said the project, estimated to cost $136 million and due for completion in 2021, would be undertaken for the Public Transport Authority as a joint venture with services provider UGL.

The deal was always likely to be given to Huawei after WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said last month that Federal Government agencies had indicated that they had no issue with it.

The Radio Systems Replacement project will build an end-to-end digital radio solution across the PTA’s 180km electrified rail network and the new twin tunnels of the Forrestfield Airport Link.

The joint venture will design, install and commission the service and maintain it for five years from completion, with options for a further 10 years.

Huawei Australia chairman John Lord said the PTA contract reinforced Huawei’s strong long-term investment focus in the Australian market and was a validation of the company’s status and reputation as the global cellular wireless leader.

“Huawei is extending its trusted portfolio of solutions towards industry and strengthening its customer base in mission critical market segments,” he said.

“We are modernising the Australian transportation sector through digital technologies developed for the global market.

“We have been providing similar communications technology services to Sydney Trains and Ambulance NSW safely and securely for nearly a decade.

“We thank the PTA for the trust they have placed in Huawei and their support for WA local businesses, as we work closely together over the coming years to realise this substantial project."

The statement said, as part of the contract, local WA steel and labour would be used for fabricating, assembling and testing outdoor cabinets and towers.

More than 50 WA-based staff, including local subcontractors, will be employed during the 40-month design and build period.

The new systems will operate over a 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) network using the PTA’s existing 1800MHz spectrum.

Huawei has used GSM-R technology — a wireless mobile trunking system which is widely deployed for mission-critical rail communication — to upgrade 46,000 kms of rail in several countries and make it operate more efficiently.


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