Open Grid Europe upgrades network with Ciena and Kapsch

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Germany's natural gas transmission systems operator, Open Grid Europe, has deployed a dedicated communications network backbone to facilitate the intelligent coordination of gas transmission and sustainable energy supplies.

In support of Germany’s Energy Transition – a commitment to reforming the country’s power supply system by moving to more renewable energy sources – Open Grid Europe is working with Ciena, in consultation with Kapsch CarrierCom, to ensure reliable and secure transport of critical data for monitoring and management.

Open Grid Europe’s communications infrastructure connects the company’s extensive 12,000km pipeline and numerous compressor stations. Ciena’s 6500 packet-optical platform and unified management systems provide 10 Gigabit Ethernet connection for the process data, such as measurement, monitoring and control information.

Kapsch CarrierCom, a global systems integrator and a Ciena BizConnect partner, deployed Open Grid Europe’s robust Ciena-based network as a fully managed service.

Claus Meyer, head of technical operations, Open Grid Europe, commented: ‘Ensuring sustainable energy supply is our priority. With Ciena and Kapsch we have the infrastructure for intelligent coordination and smart network monitoring, which means we can focus on ensuring that the transmission of Germany’s natural gas is dependable and efficient.’

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