We develop efficient physical and digital roads
A functioning transport system is an important prerequisite for the development of a society. The major cities are growing and mobility is increasing. The international competitiveness of trade and industry depends on a well thought-out infrastructure, which in turn creates growth. Transport systems involve not only physical transport by road and rail, but also efficient transport routes for information. The telecommunications market is driven by increased demand for rapid communication, as well as rapid technological evolution.
The infrastructure market, including telecommunications, constitutes approximately a quarter of engineering consultancy revenue in Sweden according to the Swedish Federation of Consulting Engineers and Architects. This corresponds to approximately SEK 10 billion annually. Rejlers operates within the entire infrastructure customer egment. Overall, just under 20 per cent of Rejlers’ revenue falls within the Infrastructure area. The investments within infrastructure and telecommunications continued to be high for all of Rejlers’ markets.
New markets for railway projects
Within the railway sector, Rejlers’ assignments consist of project planning for electrical, telecommunications, signalling and safety systems. We also take responsibility for project management and coordination of the projects. The market for consultancy services within the railway sector is very robust. Significant investments are planned for the coming years, and annual investment in new railways is estimated at SEK 15 billion. To this scenario, future ventures in high-speed trains can be added. The Finnish government has also allocated significant sums for new road and railway projects. Rejlers moved into the expanding Danish market, and has been approved as a supplier of consultancy services to a new customer, Banedanmark (Rail Net Denmark).
Railway modernisation leads to new exciting framework agreements
Railway assignments are frequently extensive and are often divided into several sub-projects that can run for several years. The dominant customers are the national transport administrations of Sweden, Finland and Norway. Other significant railway customers are local public transport organisations in Stockholm, Helsinki and Gothenburg. Rejlers has signed several important agreements over the course of the year. One example is the framework agreement with the Swedish Transport Administration that makes us the principal supplier in terms of project management, project planning management and project planning engineering in Stockholm, Gävle and Malmö. A framework agreement has also been signed with the traffic authority of Helsinki regarding consultancy services from 2011 to 2015. In Norway, Rejlers has signed a framework agreement for consultancy services with Jernbaneverket (Norwegian National Rail Administration). Furthermore, we received several railway assignments in connection with the modernisation of the Northern, Southern and Western mainlines.
Roads of the future
Road projects in the major conurbations often involve technically complex systems for control and monitoring of ventilation in tunnels, as well as lighting in tunnels, on bridges and along roads. An exciting engineering area for Rejlers is the control and monitoring of traffic flow in cities. The Swedish Transport Administration and municipal highways departments are entirely dominant customers for road projects, although assignments for suppliers, contractors and manufacturers can occur. Over the course of the year, Rejlers has signed a framework agreement with the Swedish Transport Administration to act as the main provider of information and data security for the Transport Administration’s technical platform. We are participating in many notable projects. For Stockholm’s Northern Link, we are doing the project planning for electrical systems, sewerage systems, power and lighting, among other systems. In another assignment, we are doing the project planning for all outdoor lighting for the Stockholm Transport Authority. In Finland, Rejlers was commissioned to conduct a pre-study for the production of gas-powered vehicles.
Strong demand for rapid data traffic
The consultancy market for telecommunications is growing. This development is due to technological changes in both the fixed and mobile networks. This leads to assignments for consultancies such as Rejlers. At the same time, national operators are expanding network capacity and investing more in security, increasing demand for Rejlers’ consultancy services. Operators are investing in both fibre to the home (FTTH) in the fixed network side, and in 4G/LTD on the mobile network side. According to the Swedish government’s broadband strategy, 90 per cent of all households and companies should have broadband access of at least 100 Mb/s no later than 2020. The mobile standard 4G/LTD entails continued expansion of mobile networks in order to enable rapid data traffic over the mobile network.
Expansion of telecommunications in Norway
Rejlers’ customers within telecommunications are the market players who build telecommunications networks. These are telecoms operators who own fixed and mobile networks, power companies and urban networks primarily building fibre networks, and various state and municipal agencies building both fixed and mobile networks. Typical services performed by Rejlers include project management, network planning and network design for fixed and mobile networks. Rejlers has established telecommunications operations in Norway. We have renewed the framework agreement for Nødnett, Norway’s emergency communications network for police, ambulance and fire brigade communications. Rejlers has also signed framework agreements with NetCom and ZTE in Norway. At the same time, assignments for major operators in Sweden such as TeliaSonera, Telenor and Trafikverket have expanded. Rejlers is participating in Telia’s Village Communities Initiative, which means that all communities with over 200 inhabitants will receive access to broadband.