Hamburg is ready to roll with new Tetrapol technology from Airbus

Published: 28 November, 2017

Hamburger_Hochbahn.jpgElancourt, 28 November 2017 – Airbus has started modernising the radio communications network of the German metro operator Hamburger Hochbahn AG. 

By the end of 2020, Airbus will have upgraded the customer’s Professional Mobile Radio infrastructure and migrated the complete Tetrapol system to the latest IP (Internet Protocol) version. The complete agreement encompasses the system’s technical upgrade, the delivery of third generation radio modules, devices and a maintenance service.


Furthermore, Hamburger Hochbahn AG has renewed the existing service contract, which will be in force until 2020. From 2020 onwards, Airbus will support the company until 2025.


“Airbus will contribute to achieving this aim with state-of-the-art radio communications technology. In particular, our tailored service will help to make sure that the customer can plan its business more easily,” says Markus Kolland, Head of Sales & Program Delivery for Europe and Africa of Secure Land Communications at Airbus. Thanks to the current upgrade, the Hamburger Hochbahn’s communications system will be even sturdier and more user-friendly in the years to come, he points out.


Hamburger Hochbahn AG is one of the most important public transport operators in the second largest city of Germany. Around 5,000 employees work for the corporation and its subsidiaries. The staff coordinate complex operations with the help of the Airbus Tetrapol radio network. It currently consists of seven Tetrapol base stations and one switching facility. Moreover, in the underground train system, three IP base stations and a redundant second-generation main switch are an integral part of the radio system. All in all, Hamburger Hochbahn AG operates a network of four metro and 111 bus lines of 1,000 kilometres.


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Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of €67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

Secure Land Communications

Secure Land Communications (SLC), a business unit of Airbus, develops, installs and maintains professional and land mobile radio (PMR/LMR) networks based on Tetra, Tetrapol, P25 and LTE technologies and offers a wide range of radio solutions and devices for customers worldwide. The portfolio also encompasses mission-critical broadband solutions based on 3GPP standards and emergency response centres (911/112). SLC is a leader in PMR, with more than 280 radio networks in over 74 countries, and the US leader for 911 response centres with the VESTA 911 call handling solution serving more than 60% of the market. SLC employs nearly 1,700 people in 20 countries.  



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