Network Rail deploys Infinera DTN-X platform

Optical transport systems vendor Infinera Corp. (NASDAQ: INFN) in partnership with Telefónica UK, has deployed the Infinera DTN-X packet-optical transport platform across Network Rail's railway infrastructure in the UK, delivering an advanced communications network to underpin Network Rail's operations transformation.

Optical transport systems vendor Infinera Corp. (NASDAQ: INFN) in partnership with Telefónica UK, has deployed the Infinera DTN-X packet-optical transport platform across Network Rail's railway infrastructure in the UK, delivering an advanced communications network to underpin Network Rail's operations transformation.

Network Rail Telecom (NRT) is Network Rail's national telecommunications management and service provision function. NRT manages over 16,000 km of fiber-optic cable which extends to the farthest reaches of the rail network in England, Wales, and Scotland, delivering telecommunications systems and managed services to Great Britain's railways.

"We deployed Infinera's solutions to enable a railway fit for the future, providing improved network reliability, scalability and safety for our teams," said Craig Ellis, head of technology and engineering at Network Rail Telecom. "For railways, it's about safety and performance through reliable network infrastructure and leading-edge network management systems. Remote configurability of bandwidth is also important since the majority of our nodes are at the railway track and accessing these sites is not as easy as accessing a traditional telco node. The Infinera Intelligent Transport Network provides a solution that is highly reliable through its use of photonic integrated circuits, and the software driven management system enables remote diagnostics and turn up of bandwidth, ideal for this type of network, keeping our people safe yet allowing our networks to grow."

NRT's deployment of the DTN-X platform, featuring the 500G superchannel photonic integrated circuit, is designed to support future terabit superchannels without requiring new chassis. NRT's deployment features Infinera's Instant Bandwidth technology, which enables NRT to deploy capacity with the click of a mouse, to rapidly meet their customer demands for high capacity, low latency services.

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