New Delhi: Sterlite Technologies has won a Rs 170-crore order from Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) for building a Unified Network Management System. In a statement released on Tuesday, the company said, "Sterlite Technologies Limited (STL) has announced a partnership with India’s largest power distribution company, Power Grid. Through this collaboration, STL will fulfil Power Grid’s requirement for high performance, integrated network management systems across their regional communications networks. With this multi-year deal worth Rs ~170 crore, STL further strengthens its relationship with Power Grid. As a part of its earlier engagements, STL has been supplying optical fibre cables and developed an IP-MPLS network for Power Grid."
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, Power Grid 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).
Commenting on this collaboration, 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.”
Power Grid owns and operates 90 percent of India's interstate and inter-regional electric power transmission network spanning 1,72,192 circuit kilometres and 72,126 km of telecom network. This gigantic transmission and telecom network has to be consistently maintained at an availability of 99 percent and 99.5 percent 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.
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