Global ICT solutions provider Huawei has been nominated as the sole provider of Ethiopia’s light rail communication system set for construction in the country’s capital Addis Ababa. This will be the premier comprehensive commercial eLTE communications infrastructure for urban railways in the country.
The Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit project, which is undertaken by China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Company Limited (CREEC), is expected to improve the transport system in the region. Currently, the city tops as the economic and transportation hub in the region given its high population. The project is expected to be completed by January 2015.
The first phase of this project involves a roll-out of a 31-kilometer South-North and East-West railway lines with a control center and 39 stations. Once completed, the entire railway is expected to carry some 60,000 passengers per hour.
After project assessment, Huawei designed a Mass Transit eLTE Multi-Service Unified Bearer (eLTE-MT) communications solution to facilitate communications along the railway.
The urban mass transit communication solution includes multiple technologies such as fixed network, eLTE wireless network, video surveillance, IP Telephony and IT. The subsystems facilitate dispatching, multi-service bearing, surveillance, data storage and unified communications.
The Ethiopian government invested some $475 million in the project.