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Optus Tests Cloud-based Core Tech

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MACQUARIE PARK, Australia -- In an innovative world first, Optus today announced that it has begun a trial of cloud-based mobile packet core technology at its Macquarie Park campus. The technology has the potential to deliver a higher level of network performance for customers during peak usage periods, such as at major sporting events or music festivals.

Through a partnership with mobile virtual infrastructure vendor Connectem, Optus aims to rapidly deploy network capacity to address short, intense spikes in network traffic – with customers benefiting from the increased connectivity on their smartphones and tablets.

Connectem has developed the first packet core virtualisation software designed to run in the cloud. The packet core is the system that routes data traffic moving between mobile devices and the Internet. The advantage over a physical packet core is that in a virtualised environment, network resources can be rapidly switched on to deliver incremental capacity where it is needed most. As a result, customers will experience lower network latency even during periods of peak network activity.

SingTel Optus Pty. Ltd.

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