Communications contract for Western Sydney Metro awarded

Nokia and Siemens Mobility were selected to deliver an IP/MPLS backbone communications network and cybersecurity solution for Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport line.

The Nokia mission-critical communications network, which includes an IP/MPLS backbone network and data center fabric in conjunction with Nokia NetGuard Cybersecurity solution, will support robust secure applications such as CCTV for passenger safety, train-to-ground communications backhaul for in-station, on-board and trackside applications, along with the associated data center and cloud networking.

In December 2022, the largest ever Public Private Partnership (PPP) contract in New South Wales was awarded to Parklife Metro consortium for the stations, systems, trains, operations and maintenance (SSTOM) work package.

The SSTOM project will deliver six new stations from St Marys, Orchard Hills, Luddenham, Airport Business Park, Airport Terminal and the new Aerotropolis, 12 new metro trains and a stabling and maintenance facility to be built at Orchard Hills. Parklife Metro will also operate and maintain the 23-km line for 15 years after it becomes operational.

The complex security, performance and reliability requirements of new digital and legacy rail and passenger communications services will be served by the Nokia mission-critical IP/MPLS network, comprising a comprehensive suite of routers and switches. The Nokia NetGuard Cybersecurity solution will leverage the latest industry standards and technology innovations to ensure sensitive systems and data are protected from emerging threats, through capabilities such as multifactor authentication, automated endpoint detection and response, real-time alerts, and device authentication.

“As the threat of cyberattacks on critical infrastructure continues to grow around the globe it is vital that communications networks benefit from the highest level of data security. As such we are pleased to be able to apply both our local knowledge as well as our expertise in delivering secure mission-critical IP/MPLS and data center fabric solutions to provide leading-edge mission-critical network for rail and NetGuard Cybersecurity package that will support reliable operations and the safety of passengers,” Stuart Hendry, Head of Enterprise and Partner Sales for Asia Pacific, Network Infrastructure at Nokia, said.

The new Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport line will become the transport spine for Greater Western Sydney, connecting communities and travelers with the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport and the growing region.

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