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Brussels Metro to install new fibre-optic communications network

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Alcatel-Lucent is to deliver the fibre-optic network which will form the communications backbone of Brussels’ new automated metro system.

Transport authority STIB is in the process of fully-automating the Belgian capital’s subway network, which will increase the system’s capacity from 24 trains an hour to 40, to meet an increasing demand for rail travel.

STIB predicts that by 2017, Brussels’ urban rail network could see passenger numbers increase by 20 per cent to 415 million people each year.

The new fibre-optic network will support the CBTC signalling system, CCTV, passenger communication systems across the metro’s 70 stations, ticketing systems and general office communications.

The contract includes design, installation and a five-year maintenance agreement.

Karel Van Oostveldt, senior manager telecommunications of STIB, said: “STIB’s development is based on performance and quality, efficiency and sustainability – values commonly shared with Alcatel-Lucent.

“With its proven broadband solution  and know how in the rail sector, Alcatel-Lucent will bring  the required foundation for our passengers and mission critical services as well as all innovations which will increase the attractiveness of our public transport offering.”

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