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China Chooses Nortel for Mobile Phone Network on Railway to Tibet

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 05/03/16; March 16, 2005.]

SHANGHAI, China - March 16, (AP) - China's Railways Ministry has chosen Canadian telecommunications equipment maker Nortel Networks Corp. to provide a digital wireless communications network on the world's highest rail service, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the company said Wednesday.

The decision followed a yearlong trial of Nortel's GSM, Global System for Mobile Communication, for Railways technology in China at altitudes of up to 4,780 metres above sea level, Nortel said in a statement.

The 1,142 kilometre railway, which traverses a frozen plateau, will use Nortel's digital network technology to transmit safety data as well as to support communications, the statement said.

The railway, with a cost of the equivalent of about $3.3 billion US, is due for completion in 2007, and is meant to bind restive Tibet more closely to China by raising living standards in the Himalayan territory, one of the country's poorest areas.


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