National Mineral Development Corporation Private Limited (NMDC) and RailTel Corporation of India have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), covering information and communications technology (ICT) and digital transformation services of NMDC, both at its corporate offices and mining complexes.

Commenting on the development, Sumit Deb., Chairman-cum-Managing Director, NMDC, said, “This partnership will focus on optimal utilisation of resources and build mineral accountability, paving the way for a robust digital transformation in the mining sector. As India’s leading miner, NMDC has been an early adopter of automation and digitalisation. Our collaboration with RailTel will accelerate this journey that we are already on.”

Meanwhile, Amitava Mukherjee, Director (Finance), NMDC, said, “RailTel will provide consultancy, project management and execution services that will enhance efficiency and transparency. It is a huge step forward to keep NMDC in the top league.”

This MoU builds on the partnership that NMDC already has with the National Railway Telecom which has been providing multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) virtual private networks (VPNs) at 11 of NMDC’s locations; internet leased lines (ILL) at 7 locations; and high-definition video conferencing solutions since 7 years.