Telstra Does Direct Tunnel

Telstra activates 3G Direct Tunnel feature in its Next G network

June 10, 2008

1 Min Read

STOCKHOLM -- In an historic step for the mobile industry, Telstra has activated in their Next G(TM) network an important new feature for the Mobile Packet Core network called 3G Direct Tunnel. Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) is the first vendor to deliver this significant advance to mobile operators.

The 3G Direct Tunnel feature provides a capacity increase to Telstra's mobile packet core network, supporting the fast growth of mobile broadband traffic. The functionality is implemented in the existing network through software enhancements, with no additional hardware required and will make the network more efficient in its handling of data packets.

Telstra Executive Director for Wireless Mike Wright, says: "Our strategy is to invest in keeping our Next G(TM) network the most powerful and advanced mobile network in the world. 3G Direct Tunnel is an important feature to increase our packet data network capacity, profitability and further improves the mobile broadband service for the increasing number of customers enjoying our high-speed services in Australia."

The feature is standardized by 3GPP, the defining body for mobile network standards. By implementing it Telstra starts to evolve the Next G(TM) network to a flat all-IP architecture that will both allow the network capacity to grow while lowering the cost of expanding the network to meet ever growing demand.

Melih Tufan, Head of Product Line Mobile Packet Core at Ericsson, says: "As the leading global vendor of mobile technology, Ericsson is expected to be first to market with state-of-the-art networking features and solutions. We realize how important this is to our customers who are operating in a very competitive market and are very pleased to have delivered such an important network feature to Telstra."

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC)

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