Legal aspects
GSM-R | Legal aspects

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 system.

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.