Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and «Transtelecom» JSC, one of the leading service providers in Kazakhstan,today announced that they have signed a USD 100 million agreement to modernize the telecommunication network of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ), the state-owned railway and the vital corridor for the country.
Under the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will deliver its solutions to build a fast, reliable and efficient mission-critical WAN infrastructure that will enable the delivery of new services and upgrade passenger and cargo traffic handling capabilities to international standards – which is of strategic importance to the Republic of Kazakhstan. The implementation of this project will enable to enhance the reliability of the signalling system of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ).
The improved performance of the railway network can help strengthen the Kazakh economy and increase the competitiveness of exports on the international market, based on the need to move huge volumes of various cargos over long distances. Once the project completed, the lengths of the fiber-optic based network will be extended by 4,000 km.
“This project will fully address the most stringent communication needs of Kazakh Railways and will enable our company to provide innovative communication services to third-party operators, businesses and residential customers both locally and in international markets,” commented Mr. Ayupov Mirbolat, President, «Transtelecom» JSC.
Alcatel-Lucent will provide Kazakh Railways with a turnkey, integrated solution based on its optical multi-service transport solution and its IP/MPLS portfolio. Kazakh Railways will leverage Alcatel-Lucent’s services expertise which includes project management and delivery, design, installation, application and software integration, multivendor maintenance, as well as the training of Transtelecom specialists. The modernized network will improve track maintenance, allowing for remote monitoring and diagnosis, reducing the need for specialists at remote sites.
“Through this project, Alcatel-Lucent is able to directly contribute to the deployment of the most modern telecommunications infrastructure in Kazakhstan,” said Alexander Tikhonov, Head of Alcatel-Lucent business in CIS. “We will leverage our experience in similar deployments and provide an overall project management to allow «Transtelecom» JSC to efficiently support critical communications.”
Alcatel-Lucent is the global leader in implementing integrated communications solutions for railways, with 30 years of experience in this area. Alcatel-Lucent is also a global leader in supplying optical and IP/MPLS networks.