Telent on-track with contract extension

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Telent Technology Services has been awarded an extension to its on-rail telecoms support and maintenance contract with Level 3, formally Global Crossing UK. Telent has been supporting Level 3 across the UK since March 2009 and has now been granted a multi-million pound, five-year extension to the original contract, ensuring continuity until March 2019.

Telent says the Level 3 on-rail infrastructure is vital to the UK rail industry as it is used operationally by Network Rail and the vast majority of train operators. The fibre optic network alone spans some 14,000 km, and carries business-critical services for many UK organisations.

In addition to supporting the on-rail fibre network, Telent also supports Level 3’s Railnet voice estate, which comprises more than 250 PBX and over 40,000 telephony end-0points. These services are again vital to the UK rail industry as they are relied upon by Network Rail and many other UK rail industry participants.

Steve Pears, managing director for Telent Rail, said: 'I am delighted that Level 3 have agreed to extend their UK on-rail support contract for a further 5 years. This is testament to the hard work, experience and skills of the Telent teams in successfully delivering this vital service to Level 3 and indeed all the rail stakeholders whose businesses rely on these services.'

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