Eurostar outsources to build an IT infrastructure of its own

Rail firm Eurostar has outsourced its IT to enable it to build its own IT infrastructure in preparation for the rise in demand expected when London hosts the Olympics next year.

Rail firm Eurostar has outsourced its IT to enable it to build its own IT infrastructure in preparation for the rise in demand expected when London hosts the Olympics next year.

The company has signed a five-year contract, with an optional extra three years, with NIIT Technologies.

Eurostar was owned jointly by French railway operator SNCF, its Belgium counterpart SNCB, and London and Continental Railways. It became a single corporate identity in 2010. As a result of the previous joint ownership it did not have its own IT infrastructure, but used that of SNCF.

Sunil Sarya, European president at NIIT Technologies, said the company wants its own infrastructure in time for the London Olympics.

NIIT Technologies will build a low-latency network to support e-commerce systems that will be under high demand in the run-up to the Olympics.

A total of 24 staff will transfer to NIIT Technologies from Eurostar.

NIIT Technologies will also introduce 24-hour IT support and a multilingual helpdesk with English, French and Flemish speakers.

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