"The National Train Communications System (NTCS) ICE units has become the primary communications device on the ARTC Network. The NTCS ICE units will replace the CountryNet Radio system as the primary communications device.
The NTCS transition is scheduled to be completed by June 2013, after this time it will be mandatory for all locomotives (rail traffic) to have an ICE unit installed to operate on the ARTC Network. All Network Control communication to locomotives (rail traffic) will be via the Voice Communications System (VCS) Train Radio Interface."
For the many faults of ARTC at least it provides a focus point for a national rail transport agenda. Henry Parkes might even crack a slight smile.