Alcatel-Lucent has won the contract to provide a new IP-based private communications network for National Grid operator Transpower. The network, which will connect 192 sites across New Zealand, will be built over five years and the deal also involves Alcatel-Lucent migrating Transpower’s existing communications infrastructure to the new network.
In a statement, Transpower chief executive Ralph Craven is quoted as saying "the communications network transformation is part of Transpower's continuing programme of investment in the National Grid — investments that will ensure the increasing demand for electricity is met now and in the future."
Craven goes on to say "the challenge we faced in upgrading our communications network was how to bring together multiple legacy and future technologies onto a single platform that can be easily managed.
"Alcatel-Lucent has helped us meet that challenge with a highly reliable and achievable communications solution that will deliver operational savings efficiencies into the future".
The network will have both fibre and digital microwave radio components.