RailTel Corporation of India, a PSU under the Ministry of Railways has received an order from Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) worth Rs 11.57 crore for the installation of the Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS)-Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) at 33 locations of RVNL across the country.
RailTel is a prominent Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provider and one of the largest neutral telecom infrastructure providers in the country owning a pan-India optic fiber network of over sixty-one thousand route km on exclusive Right of Way (ROW) along Railway track.
RVNL is also a PSU under the Ministry of Railways which carries out planning, development, resource mobilisation & execution of railway-related projects for the creation and augmentation of the capacity of rail infrastructure on a fast track basis.
According to the order agreement, the MPLS VPN networks services will be created and maintained by RailTel at 33 locations of RVNL. The services will be provided for a period of 5 years. RailTel shall provide 24×7 customer care support as a part of the service. MPLS VPN is a flexible method to transport and route several types of network traffic using the MPLS backbone, the company said.
Increased demand for cloud-based applications
These services have now assumed more importance as enterprises are turning to cloud-based applications. VPN based on MPLS is an excellent option for connecting to cloud-based services because of their inherent security characteristics, scalability, and availability of infrastructure redundancy, capabilities for prioritising traffic, and more.
“RailTel has a pan India high capacity OFC network and using this network it delivers MPLS VPN services. The MPLS VPN Network is contributing towards enhancing productivity and is helping to synergize the total operational processes. Users of MPLS VPN are assured of a high Quality of Service (QoS) for their Internet connectivity, and as a result, the apps and software that are on the cloud perform seamlessly. As enterprises are turning to cloud-based applications and services, MPLS VPN is the best way to connect them with better security. We expect further revenue growth from these kinds of services given the digitalisation thrust across all enterprises. RailTel is also providing MPLS VPN networks services in a very big way at various locations of all the subsidiaries of Coal India Ltd,” said Puneet Chawla, CMD, RailTel.
He further added that Apart from MPLS VPN, RailTel also provides Internet Lease Line (ILL) Services, Internet Bandwidth, CCTV Implementation, HD video conferencing, LAN/WAN Connectivity solutions, etc. to its clients.
It is more reliable and secure than the public Internet and is an optimum way to connect to the cloud. This MPLS VPN network will enable digitalisation of RVNL offices by making them more secure, efficient, transparent and contributing towards enhanced productivity.