Oz rail, telco SOE links with Juniper Networks for network refresh

VicTrack, the Australian state-owned enterprise that owns all railway and tram lines, networks and infrastructure in Victoria, has selected Juniper Networks for the upgrade of its statewide network that supports mission-critical transport and government applications. 

This upgrade will allow VicTrack to provide a safer and more efficient commuting experience across one of Australia’s most populous states, while simultaneously bolstering its networking infrastructure to support its business expansion plans to offer communication solutions for the enterprise market. 

Serving a population of nearly seven million people, VicTrack provides a full range of telecommunications solutions for the Victoria state government and its transport partners in support of operational systems and business communications. 

Additionally, VicTrack operates and manages an extensive telecommunication network along the rail corridor that includes nearly 3,000 kilometers of fibre. 

To keep pace with Victoria’s growing population and the increasing demands of its Transport and Government Secure Network (TGSN), VicTrack has strengthened its partnership with Juniper to upgrade to a modern, agile and automated network infrastructure. 

By selectively replacing legacy components while maintaining the existing Juniper Networks MX and ACX platforms, VicTrack will be able to seamlessly and cost-effectively digitise to meet the needs of its business. 

The network refresh, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2022, will position VicTrack to support the delivery of better transport and telecommunications solutions far into the future, across both public and enterprise applications. 

Also, VicTrack has also engaged Juniper Professional Services to help reduce implementation complexity and minimize disruption, all while migrating services onto its upgraded infrastructure. 

“The ongoing upgrades will lead to improved network reliability and scalability, as well as simplified network management and operations,” said Bruce Moore, executive general manager, VicTrack. 

“Through this network refresh, we are confident in growing VicTrack’s position as a leader in the transport and telecommunications sector, crucial to helping us drive future growth,” said Moore.

Bruce Bennie, Juniper’s VP and GM in Australia and New Zealand, said that with a seamless refresh of the networking infrastructure, we Juniper can help VicTrack offer a solution that is simpler, yet more flexible and powerful to its customers.