Telstra Bolsters AsiaPac Connectivity

Through a series of investments in subsea and terrestrial fiber, Telstra has substantially upgraded its Asia Pacific regional connectivity

May 9, 2016

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Chicago – Telstra today announced a series of new and enhanced global network services that offer more choice for customers and further reinforce Telstra’s network leadership position in the Asia Pacific region.

Telstra’s Executive Director International Operations and Services, Darrin Webb, said the new services were driven by the explosion in data consumption among consumers and businesses, which has created a strong demand for international connectivity.

“We already own and operate the largest intra-Asia subsea network, representing around 30 per cent of total active capacity. These enhancements further extend our capacity and will support the provision of our leading technologies, such as Telstra’s PEN software-defined networking and cloud, security and unified communications services,” Mr Webb said.

The new network solutions include:

  • The Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) cable system interconnecting Telstra’s leading networks in South East Asia and North Asia through to India and the Middle East

  • Opening up another route connecting Asia and the Americas on the FASTER cable system

  • Introducing the shortest and lowest latency path between Taipei and Hong Kong which we are creating by building a new overland fibre route in Taiwan that will bypass the natural disaster prone Luzon Strait

  • A new highly resilient fiber ring network in South Korea which fully interconnects Telstra’s points of presence (PoPs) and cable landing stations in the country to open up new options and offers improved network resilience both within Korea and for connecting Korea with the world.

Telstra is investing in enhancing its EAC-C2C system to increase capacity and extend the life of this important cable until at least 2035. This investment will provide more certainty and improved reliability for our customers on this cable, which at currently more than 36,000 km connecting Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Singapore is the largest privately owned and operated cable in Asia.

This is in addition to recent announcements of work commencing on the new Trans-Tasman (TGA) cable connecting Australia and New Zealand, where Telstra is one of the consortium partners, and the recent signing of a MOU with several parties to explore a new APX-West cable connecting Singapore with Perth in Western Australia.

Telstra Corp. Ltd. (ASX: TLS; NZK: TLS)

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