Empowering next generation railways with 5G/FRMCS

For new insights into the future of railways, watch our latest webinar and get a deeper look at the International Data Corporation (IDC) research findings.

International Data Corporation (IDC) research has examined how next generation connectivity infrastructure can empower railways to transform passenger experience, grow revenues, improve operational efficiency, and contribute to environmental sustainability. Its focus was on theFuture Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS)– a key enabler of digitalisation – and included both a survey and in-depth qualitative interviews with executives from European and Australian railway operators, railway infrastructure authorities and rolling stock OEMs regarding 5G-enabled FRMCS investment programmes.

The findings reveal that railway executives are:

  • Investing in new critical communication infrastructure to reduce total cost of ownership, increase interoperability and unleash business innovation
  • Starting to execute their FRMCS modernisation roadmap across the layers of the communication architecture, rather than wait for a big bang approach
  • Accelerating benefit realisation, by re-designing organisational processes and mindsets, and partnering with technology providers.

In this webinar, experts from IDC, Alstom and Nokia will discuss:

  • Key research findings
  • Factors driving interest in critical mobile communications capabilities
  • Strategic business outcomes railways want from FRMCS
  • Recommendations on how to successfully design and implement FRMCS.


Massimiliano (Max) Claps, Research Director, IDC Massimiliano (Max) Claps, Research Director, International Data Corporation (IDC)

Max is the Research Director in European IDC Government Insights team. His research empowers technology suppliers and public sector professionals to embrace disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, edge computing, and cloud, to realise the benefits of strategic initiatives such as smart cities and citizen-centric government services. He is also IDC Europe’s lead analyst for passenger transportation, advising stakeholders across the transportation ecosystem on topics such as mobility as a service and intelligent traffic management.

马克斯有20年的公共部门的经验。他joined IDC in 2002 as the lead analyst for the government, healthcare, and education industries in Europe. He then held various analyst and management roles at both Gartner and IDC. Max spent two years at SAP, where he was the global lead for the SAP Future Cities programme. Max holds a degree in international business from Bocconi University in Italy. When he does not work as an analyst at IDC, Max enjoys skyrunning, hiking and ski-touring.

Pierre Cotelle

Pierre Cotelle, Telecom Networks Solution Director, Alstom
Pierre Cotelle has built his experience in the telecom industry during 12 years, mainly within NORTEL in France and abroad. He joined ALSTOM 16 years ago to set-up the Networks & Telecom department in charge to build and deliver solutions for the Railway and Urban Rail segments. He contributes to the ALSTOM transformation by introducing new telecom technologies for the benefit of rail digitalisation, through advanced research, R&D programs and tendering activities. He has introduced the LTE technology for signaling and digital services since 2014 and now focus on 5G/FRMCS as the following step. He drives ALSTOM telecom networks roadmap and represents the company in several European and International organizations.

Karsten Oberle, Head of Rail, Nokia

Karsten Oberle, Head of Rail, Nokia

Karsten received the Dipl.-Ing. (FH) degree in communications engineering from the University of Applied Sciences “Fachhochschule für Technik” Mannheim, Germany, in 1998. In the same year, he joined the Alcatel Research Center in Stuttgart.
As Head of Rail, he is responsible for expandingNokia’s business in the railway sector with a current focus on the future of rail communication (e.g. FRMCS, 5G), cyber-security for railways and analytics. This includes building and managing new sales programmes, steering of global business development activities, and guiding regional sales and marketing teams on customer engagements.


Is the webinar free?
Yes – there is no charge to watch the webinar, either live or on-demand.

When will the webinar take place?
The webinar will take place live on 26 April at 09:00 UK Time

I’m busy. Can I watch it later?
The webinar will become available to watch on-demand shortly after the live webinar takes place.

What are the benefits of attending live?
During the live webinar, you’ll be able to ask the speakers your questions, which will then be answered during the live Q&A session towards the end of the webinar.

How long will the webinar be?
This webinar will last for up to one hour.

Who will be moderating?
Craig Waters, Editor,Global Railway Review

What do I need to watch this webinar?
All you need is a computer with an internet connection. Be sure to use headphones if in an office environment.

Do I receive a certificate?
Yes, you will receive a certificate if you attend the webinar live. The certificate will be sent with your on-demand video link.