The European directive
96/48 and its implementation in our Belgian legislation are relative
to the interoperability of the high speed lines. The NMBS/SNCB has
decided to implement the GSM-R for all of its lines and thus also
for its normal lines. In this way, we anticipate the implementation
of the directive 2001/16 of the European parliament in our juridical
The NMBS/SNCB is not a new mobile operator in Belgium, mainly for
the following reasons;
- Within the framework of the use of the GSM-R frequencies, the
latter were allocated by the BIPT and the NMBS doesn't have a
license for a public GSM network.
- The GSM-R network will support applications with regard to security
aspects of the railways, a public acces to this network could
endanger these security applications
- The GSM-R network only covers the terrains of the Belgian railways
(eg. stations, railway tracks,...).
- This GSM-R network will not be exploited commercially and its
services will not be offered to the public.
Nevertheless the GSM-R network can be connected to other, traditional,
GSM networks on one side and other (foreign) GSM-R networks on the
other side. In this manner it will fill in the needs of the NMBS/SNCB
in a very efficient way and assures a greater security in the railway
network, because the staff of the NMBS will be accessible outside
the GSM-R network.
The NMBS/SNCB will meet the regulations concerning the urbanism
and the arrangement of the terrain.