UNITEL Committee

The UNITEL Committee focuses on the development and implementation of the future interoperable railway communication system (FRMCS/Next Generation), the inherent successor of GSM-R, as part of the future ERTMS. UNITEL brings together the major railway telecommunications products suppliers and companies that have significant experience in current GSM-R and future railway systems.

The committee members aim to ensure that the railways communication system fulfils existing and future signalling, train control and traffic management requirements, as well as supports European railway research initiatives.

In detail, the UNITEL committee members are dedicated to:

  • Active global promotion of the GSM-R technology and upcoming FRMCS
  • Supply of interoperable end-to-end systems
  • Minimisation of integration efforts and railway migration costs
  • Continued development of the EIRENE standards in line with railway requirements
  • Supporting UIC, European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) and the ERTMS Users Group
  • Smooth evolution and migration to the Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS)

For more information on the UNITEL Committee activities and positions regarding GSM-R and FRMCS, please visit the Telecommunications: GSM-R and FRMCS page.

To support the UNITEL committee, a dedicated technical working group – the UTG – UNITEL Technical Group – has been established to support and actively contribute to the ERA and UIC working groups dealing with the technical standardisation of both legacy and next generation railway telecommunication systems.

Position Papers:


Overview of UNITEL and UTG member engagements:

For more information on the UNITEL members and their offerings, please refer to the web pages:

Vendor Web Page
ABB Power Grids Sécheron S.A www.hitachienergy.com (details)
Alstom www.alstom.com
Belam www.belam.lt
Cellnex www.cellnex.com 
Ericsson www.ericsson.com
ErvoCom www.ervocom.ch
Frequentis www.frequentis.com/en/public-transport
Funkwerk www.funkwerk.com
Hitachi Rail STS www.hitachirail.com
S&T Iskratel www.iskratel.com/en/industries/transport
Kontron Transportation www.kontron.com/industries/transportation
Leonardo www.leonardocompany.com/en/security-cyber
Mermec STE www.mermecste.com
Nokia www.nokia.com/networks/industries/railways/
RideOnTrack www.rideontrack.com
Siemens https://new.siemens.com/global/en/products/mobility/rail-solutions/rail-automation/signaling-on-board-and-crossing-products/rail-communications/cab-radios-and-on-board-communication.html
Softil www.softil.com
TCC MACRONI ttc-marconi.com
Triorail www.triorail.com/home.html
Thales www.thalesgroup.com/en/markets/transport/main-line-rail
Wenzel Elekronik wenzel-elektronik.de/



Frequency of meetings: once every 3 months
No. of participating members: 21
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