Sydney Trains selects Ciena to modernize network for enhanced operations

Created August 21, 2017
Applications and Research

Integration of converged packet optical solution upgrades transportation provider’s network for greater customer safety and improved customer service.

Sydney Trains is upgrading its communications network with Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform to improve public services across its transportation system with a faster, low latency and reliable data network. The deployment will support critical passenger safety measures that ensure trains operate at safe distances.

By investing in both 100G transport and Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching solutions, Sydney Trains says it is fulfilling its focus on building a network that enhances support of customer safety and critical train operations.

The regional transport provider has various sites across its network that have different traffic requirements. It comments that the flexibility of Ciena’s 6500 Packet Optical Platform supports end-to-end services and various system configurations, including deployments over long distances and fiber types such as aerial.

The upgraded network is intended to help the transportation provider to transition from an SDH legacy network, and lays the foundation required to support future high capacity service requirements.

Anthony McLachlan, VP and General Manager, Asia Pacific, Ciena, commented, “For transportation providers, migrating their communication networks by deploying Packet-optical technologies is key to continually improving safety measures and optimizing passenger services.

“Ciena offers converged packet optical solutions that serve as the foundation for public transport agencies to meet current needs, while enabling them to invest in the infrastructure to deploy future services.”

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This article was written
by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.