Developing the Future Radio for Rail Transport

ETSI is pleased to announce the Workshop “Developing the Future Radio for Rail Transport”, on 4-5 July 2018 at ETSI, Sophia Antipolis, France. ETSI held its first workshop on next generation radio for rail in November 2016. This second ETSI workshop intends to give an update on the activities related to the future radio for rail transport worldwide.


SAVE THE DATE! Participation is open to all and free of charge upon registration.

GSM-R, the railway telecommunications system standardized by ETSI, based on GSM mobile communications system, is the interoperable mobile radio system within Europe and worldwide. Its operation is successfully supporting daily rail stakeholder’s passengers and freight traffic and its roll out is continuing, encompassing the latest development of Packet Switch. This system is expected to be available until at least 2030 while the first roll-out of the FRMCS is foreseen from 2023 onwards.

Today, the work on the future Rail Communication System has progressed not only in Europe but also in other regions of the world. ETSI Technical Committee for Rail Telecommunications (TC RT) is working on the definition of a FRMCS system architecture (reference model) in coordination with relevant organizations such as UIC (International Union of Railways), Shift2Rail and ERA (EU Agency for Railways). ETSI continues to work on the Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS) use cases and related potential requirements in coordination with 3GPP.

The main objectives of the event are to:

  • Give an update on the status of FRMCS standardization activities
  • Discuss the coexistence of multiple access technologies
  • Exchange and share information on the future rail transport communication needs
  • Better understand the challenges, benefits, spectrum needs, and opportunities
  • Provide the latest information on developments in the rail sector
  • Consider synergies with other critical infrastructure domains (i.e. road, public transport, public safety, aviation, etc.)

Who should attend?

ETSI invites all stakeholders interested in the Future Communication System for Rail Transport to participate in this workshop. This event is of particular interest to:

  • Telecommunication equipment manufacturers
  • Users (Railway undertakings/infrastructure managers )
  • Urban, local and long distance rail transport stakeholders
  • EU, Industry and transport organizations
  • Railway signalling manufacturers
  • Railway Policy Makers
  • Universities, Research Institutes

Programme Committee

  • Chair: Robert Sarfati, Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer/Systra
  • Thomas Chatelet, ERA
  • Olivier Eudes, Kapsch CarrierCom
  • Ingo Wendler, Swiss Federal Railways Ltd
  • Andrea Lorelli, ETSI


The final programme will be available by the end of May.

The event is expected to start on 4 July at 13:00 and end on 5 July at 17:00 (morning and afternoon sessions).