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Proposals currently under assessment

Market-led proposals currently under assessment in Victoria.

Digital Train Radio System Upgrade

Project Details


Stage Four: negotiation and assessment of the final offer


Vodafone and Nokia Networks


The proposal to upgrade the existing Digital Train Radio System (DTRS) primarily used by Metro Trains was submitted in April 2015 and was approved to move to Stage Four in November 2016.

The proposal involves installation of a new Long-Term Evolution (LTE) 4G network on VicTrack assets, providing an option for the State to transition to an updated communications system.

The upgraded network will also improve Vodafone’s mobile phone coverage along metropolitan Melbourne’s train lines.

If the proposal is successful, the upgraded network will provide the core components for a future 4G Digital Train Radio System (DTRS) and has the potential to enable other rail network projects to be deployed onto a 4G network.

Both Nokia and Vodafone are uniquely positioned to deliver the proposed DTRS upgrade.

The market-led proposal will be considered in the context of planning for the end of the current DTRS contract, which expires in 2018.

Further information


Reviewed 23/08/2021
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