Sterlite Technologies (STL), an integrator of digital networks, announced a partnership with India's largest power distribution company, Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL).
Through this collaboration, STL will fulfill PGCIL's requirement for high-performance, integrated network management systems across their regional communications networks, stated a company release.
As a part of its earlier engagements, STL has been supplying optical fibre cables and developed an IP-MPLS network for PGCIL, it added.
PGCIL owns and operates 90% of India's interstate and inter-regional electric power transmission network spanning 1,72,192 circuit kilometres & 72,126 km of telecom network. This gigantic transmission & telecom network has to be consistently maintained at an availability of 99% & 99.5% uptime, respectively.
As networking becomes agile, these mammoth networks will require a modern approach to management and orchestration to solve challenges in the areas of silos, interoperability, and security, said the statement.
According to the news release, leveraging its software-defined networking solution, STL will deliver a customised Unified Network Management System (UNMS) offering advanced automation, programmable configuration, and actionable insights.
Through this solution, PGCIL will get a consolidated, centralised view of regional networks and will be able to optimise O&M, reduce system outages at the national level and generate performance analytics for the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), it added.
Praveen Cherian, CEO, Global Business Services, STL said: "We are delighted to form an association with PGCIL for creating a customised UNMS for managing their massive-scale utility networks. Through our solution, we will provide a consolidated infrastructure with centralised controls for their inter-regional networks. The network management system, with integrated analytics, will bring in efficiency and effectiveness setting superior standards in networks operations management."