Alcatel wins EUR130m contract for UK's Network Rail

12 March 2003 -- Alcatel has been awarded a contract worth EUR130m to roll out an advanced optical transmission network for the UK's Network Rail.

Mar 12th, 2003

12 March 2003 -- Alcatel has been awarded a contract worth EUR130m to roll out an advanced optical transmission network for the UK's Network Rail.

Replacing the current communications network, the new transport architecture will support Network Rail's operational and business communication requirements, such as signalling, electrification control, and secure voice traffic transmission.

Alcatel will deploy its next-generation, data-aware Optical Multi-Service Nodes (OMSNs) to provide Network Rail with enhanced capabilities to distribute multimedia services throughout its sites in Britain, as well as to deliver vital links between control centres, trains, tracks, and tunnels.

The systems will make use of Alcatel cross connects, time division multiplexing (TDM) access multiplexers, and digital subscriber line (DSL) systems. Efficient management and control of the entire communications network will be by Alcatel's integrated network management solution.

The network build involves two phases. Scheduled for completion in 2Q03, phase one will cover the deployment of a fully functional test network set up at Alcatel's facilities in Greenwich, London, to carry out extensive tests to ensure that the network meets a number of strict safety-related performance criteria. The second phase of the network construction will begin in 3Q03 and is expected to be completed in 2006.

"Network Rail's plans are to replace its network in order to seamlessly provide communication services to its customers to the highest quality and safety standards," said Ian King, Telecom Programme Director of Network Rail.

"Network Rail selected Alcatel for this landmark project because of its recognized expertise in optical networking, as well as in developing integrated communications solutions for the utility industry."

"This contract will enable Network Rail to enhance its network operational performance in lockstep with reducing its maintenance costs," said Charles Matthews, CEO, Alcatel UK. "This is a momentous achievement for Alcatel that demonstrates the reliability of its product and service portfolios to respond to the unique communications requirements of the utility sector."

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