FO Backbone for 100 Gigabit

Customer: Muscat International Airport, Oman Airports Management Company S.A.O.C (OAMC)
Project: FO backbone for the entire airport, 2015
Implementation: OHI Telecommunications Company LLC
Application: Backbone solution for the network operation to 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet based on the R&M Optical Distribution Frame (ODF) and Single Circuit Management (SCM) System

The government of the Sultanate of Oman and the Oman Airports Management Company S.A.O.C (OAMC) have developed long-term and expansive growth plans for Muscat International Airport. Part of this expansion entailed a new network infrastructure. A top-quality FO backbone was needed to meet the special quality requirements of an airport.

In all, 15 buildings had to be connected, including the ter­minal, the Air Traffic Control tower, two data centers and the telecom exchanges of telecom providers Omantel and Ooredoo. It was to cover all communication and network applications as well as specific applications required for airport operation. The backbone would have to support the 40GbE standard as well as future 100GbE connectivity requirements: in other words, be designed for decades of operation.

This emphasis on quality was a key reason­ behind the company’s decision to select R&M as its solution vendor. The proven collaboration with OHI Telecom was also a deciding factor.

OHI Telecom planned the cabling on the basis of the R&Mfoxs program. It enables compact, high-density cabling in a sturdy, durable design and in 19″ format. Central elements:

  • 090.6860the R&M Optical Distribution Frame (ODF)
  • the Single Circuit Management (SCM) system
  • the 19’’ CombiMODULE with splice and patch distributor for 288 or 432 fiber terminations respectively

A new 19″’ compatible SCM splice rack in a 4U distributor for 288 splices was developed at short notice for the project.

The network will be capable of meeting the­ performance requirements of Muscat International Airport­ for the next twenty years. The airport can handle 12 million passengers a year. Extensions which have already been planned will increase the capacity of the airport to 24, 36 and 48 million passengers a year. The network will easily be able to cope with this rapid growth.

Govindraj Ramasamy, General Manager at OHI Telecommunications Company LLC: “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 improve the passenger experience.”

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Samuel Godfrey

By Samuel Godfrey