Germany system operator upgrade communications


Ciena is partnering with telecommunications solutions integrator Kapsch CarrierCom to upgrade communications infrastructure and technologies to improve the reliability, security and stability of the gas transmission system. ONTRAS is upgrading its wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) communications network by integrating it with Ciena’s Ethernet packet switches 3942 and 3932.

The upgrade will increase bandwidth from 155Mbit/s to 1 Gigabyte and expand network capacity by sixteen times from 622Mbit/s to 10 Gigabytes.

The move will enable Germany’s second largest gas transmission system operator to improve management of gas networks through the optimal use of data acquired from Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, peripheral programmable logic controllers and other gas measuring systems.

The project will improve data acquisition, processing and communication between ONTRAS sites.

In addition, ONTRAS will be able to upgrade its security, employ remote control and video surveillance across its 50 sites.

The gas network operator claims the move is part of efforts to be able to meet forthcoming industry legislation.

The upgraded network will be operated by GDMcom, a subsidiary of ONTRAS.

“As our recent research has shown, German organizations like ONTRAS are taking proactive steps to upgrade their network infrastructure to support high-bandwidth applications and growing bandwidth demands. Ciena’s industry-leading packet networking solutions equip providers with greater agility and the ability to improve their competitive advantage.”
– Eugen Gebhard, Regional Director DACH and Central Europe, Ciena.

Gas infrastructure development

Meanwhile, three Germany utilities have awarded a contract to technical services provider Eltel to improve their operations. The northern European-based technical services company has signed contracts worth ten million euros to provide the three Germany utilities with services between 2017 and 2022.

Eltel has been tasked by Avacon GmbH and BS Netz GmbH, providers of electricity, water and gas services, to help the utilities to change the type of gas that consumers are being provided with from L type to H type. Read more…


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