Enabling Etihad Rail DB to test voice quality on the GSM-R network


NetProbe Drive Test training and software helps Etihad Rail DB team

NetProbe Drive Test training and software helps Etihad Rail DB team to prove readiness for EIRENE RF coverage certification in Abu Dhabi

Comtest Wireless, independent experts in the field of GSM-R and ERTMS test and monitoring solutions have recently supported Etihad Rail DB to prove the voice quality on the GSM-R network for EIRENE RF coverage certification in Abu Dhabi.

Etihad Rail DB, the operating partner of Etihad Rail, is responsible for the Operation and maintenance of the UAE’s national freight and passenger railway network. Built to international standards, Etihad Rail’s state-of-the-art network will redefine logistics and transport in the region. It will provide a modern, safe, efficient and sustainable network, connecting the UAE and its regions to its neighbouring GCC countries.

To support the maintenance of the GSM-R network meant that Etihad Rail DB required the ability to test and monitor voice quality. As a result, the Telecommunications Maintenance Team contacted Comtest Wireless in 2018 to learn more about the NetProbe Drive Test solutions.

Just a few months later, in February 2019, a NetProbe Drive Test Trolley with NetProbe Analytics software was installed. At the same time, the Etihad Rail DB team received full training at their Operations Control Center, in Al-Mirfa.

Graham Leigh at Comtest Wireless says “we are delighted to be supporting Etihad Rail DB with this important and prestigious development for the UAE. NetProbe Drive Test is the only solution capable of testing voice quality over the GSM-R network. With the equipment in place and the Etihad Rail DB team fully trained to test voice quality, they are now well placed seek to obtain EIRENE RF coverage certification. What’s more, when the next upgrade phase is completed, this will also allow them to test the data network to UIC O-2475 standard.”

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