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Muscat International Airport gets new R&M fibre backbone

Backbone will connect MCT facilities, provide capacity for next twenty years

Muscat International Airport gets new R&M fibre backbone
The new network will provide enough capacity to support applications and comms for at least 20 years for Muscat International Airport.

Muscat International Airport (MCT) has deployed a new fibre optic backbone, based on solutions from R&M, to provide high performance connectivity for the next twenty years.

The backbone network will allow MCT to connect ten building at the airport including the terminal, air traffic control and two mission-critical data centres, and to connect to the networks of operators Omantel and Ooredoo.

The new network is intended to support the airport's planned growth, which is intended to go from a passenger capacity of 12 million, up to a capacity of 48 million through phased expansion as required.

The network will support various operational applications and services, as well as internal and external communications. It is capable of supporting 40GbE standard and will be able to support 100GbE connectivity requirements, which R&M said should meet performance requirements for at least 20 years.

"Muscat International Airport has demonstrated admirable foresight in deploying a state-of-the-art network that will serve as a robust base upon which it can deploy a number of services that directly and indirectly improve the passenger experience." said R Govindraj, general manager at OHI Telecommunications, the contractor which deployed the network.

"Running an airport is an extremely complicated task that depends on seamless communication between hundreds and thousands of trained professionals. Passengers too have growing expectations and good connectivity is fundamental to addressing these," said Samuel Godfrey, sales manager at R&M.

A major component in this project was the R&M Optical Distribution Frame SCM solution which offers high-density fibre connectivity in a compact and robust design. Space constraints meant that R&M specifically re-designed and customized this solution to fit 19" racks. For increased reliability, the cabling vendor's fibre terminations were used as they feature integrated, laser protection and spring-loaded shutters for dust as well as scratch protection. OHI Telecom was responsible for both the design and installation of the network and executed both these tasks with a high level of skill and professionalism.

"One of the technical challenges during the design stage of this project was that the consultant requested a 19" mountable ODF Splice/patch panel with a capacity of 288 and 432 fiber terminations. This made us to kick-start the product development of our 19" CombiMODULE, which advanced at lightning speed to deliver a first pre-Launch sample to Muscat Internal Airport for a mock-up install." said Godfrey.

The CombiMODULE is one of the core products in R&M's ODF-SCM system and is specially designed for use in FTTH and other fibre optic network applications. The 19" CombiMODULE, a 10U solution, is designed to use in standard 19" infrastructures and is based on a splicing unit on the cassettes SCM system and a patch field which is realised by the use of patch inserts from the ODF-SCM assortment. The project also prompted R&M to develop a new 19" mountable Splice rack capable of supporting up to 288 splices, in a 4U high unit panel using SCM splice tray system.

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