Transgrid Telecommunications set for network upgrade

08 April 2019

TransGrid Telecommunications and Nokia, a global leader in network solutions, have launched a secure and reliable Carrier Ethernet network designed to MEF standards, opening up the potential for significant data and carrier developments in New South Wales.

"The upgrade is a significant milestone for TransGrid and a major addition to the company's 4,000 km 'Fibre in the Sky' network," said TransGrid's Head of Telecommunications Glenn Wood. "This upgrade gives NSW access to a new, state-of-the-art telecommunications network with some of the best reliability, speed and security in the market today."

"Government, Wholesale and Enterprise customers now have a real and competitive alternative, with a network designed to the highest standards and incorporating the latest equipment and switching technology available," said Glenn Wood.

MEF is a global industry alliance comprising more than 200+ organisations founded in 2001 that aims to accelerate the worldwide adoption of assured services across automated networks.

The MEF develops technical specifications and implementation agreements to promote interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide. This is a ubiquitous, standardised, carrier-class service that distinguishes it from familiar LAN-based Ethernet. MEF Members include large domestic and international Telcos and networking vendors.

Stuart Hendry, Head of Transport, Energy and Public Sector for Asia Pacific and Japan at Nokia, said, "With Nokia's industry leading portfolio of IP and Optical products we are able to help TransGrid leverage their significant fibre assets to make them a strategic player in the Telecommunications market."

TransGrid uses Nokia's carrier-grade routing platforms to provide ultra-reliable, secure service to their customers. Nokia's 7250 IXR Interconnect routers and Network Services Platform provide service differentiation and automation to meet future market demands.

"We didn't just provide them the technology but worked hand in hand to design and build an industry leading telecommunications network with TransGrid," said Stuart Hendry. "This partnership enables greater network performance to TransGrid and its customers, bringing us one step closer to the realisation of a more connected world."