ECIL implements optical fiber cable based network for RailTel

DQW Bureau
03 Jul 2003


Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL) has announced the successful System Integration of the High-Speed optical fiber cable (OFC) backbone network for RailTel, the telecom subsidiary of Indian Railways. The OFC based project was commissioned by Union Minister of Railways, Nitish Kumar in


As a part of the implementation, ECIL has integrated high technology SDH / PDH equipment supplied by TEJAS- its partner, in integrating the defense components and managing the network. Networking Management System (NMS) presently would ensure effective management of the network; provide configuration management, network health monitoring, Security & Accounting management and proactive maintenance. As an extension of this network, ECIL has also bagged an additional order covering 64 stations for OFC based network implementation.

The network has a capability to offer the following services apart from meeting the railways communication needs: Bandwidth services for Telecom operators, Internet services, Virtual private network, National and International long distance services, Voice over IP and Telephone. With today’s commissioning the STM 4 ring covering Bangalore-Dharmavarm-Gooty- Wadi - Vikarabad - Secunderabad - Guntur - Vijayawada - Gudur - Chennai - Arakkonam - Renigunta - Gooty - Guntakal goes live. While STM-4 in the Virar-Surat section has also been completed and Delhi- Jaipur section is under installation and will go live shortly.

This phase covers a total of 411 stations across the country. The network consists of STM-4 backbone, providing a bandwidth of 622 Mbps, carrying traffic between junction and important stations. STM 1access segments with a bandwidth of 155 Mbps connecting the ordinary stations, aggregates the traffic on to STM-4 backbone at the junction stations. The network capabilities can be leveraged to provide Internet kiosks onboard the trains and at stations / reservation centers providing information on reservation status, passenger amenities like hotel accommodation, road maps, multimedia cafes, video conferencing and other services. 

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