Telstra partnerships boost subsea cable infrastructure

Telstra’s customers across Asia Pacific will soon be able to take advantage of major major boosts to Telstra’s network services and subsea cables.

Telstra’s customers across Asia Pacific will soon be able to take advantage of major major boosts to Telstra’s network services and subsea cables.

The first partnership is between Telstra and Infinera, which will upgrade Telstra’s subsea infrastructure to include Infinera’s Infinite Capacity Engine 4 (ICE4).

The ICE4 subsea solution is being rolled out across Telstra’s entire Asia Pacific subsea infrastructure, which will allow for a 160% fibre capacity boost and a 140% port capacity boost.

Telstra says the upgrade will not only increase the network’s capacity, agility, and reliability – it will also allow the company to rapidly activate new capacity for customers.

“Our commitment to our Asia Pacific customers means we are always adapting and creating capacity where it is needed. This means we are continually working to deploy new technologies that enhance our existing network and complement our latest capacity investments,” says Telstra network planning principal Andy Lumsden.

“With Infinera’s ICE4 optical engine, we are deploying the latest technology across our network. We can now provision new services faster than ever before, which is critical in a region when capacity demand on our international networks has almost doubled over the past two years.”

The new ICE4 technology will support customers’ future connectivity needs, which could bring capacity per wavelength of up to 200 Gigabytes per second.

According to Infinera’s vice president of sales, Andrew Bond-Webster, early testing on the ICE4 rollout had delivered strong results.

“ICE4, our latest optical engine, enables Telstra to deliver multi-terabit capacity cost effectively with low power consumption and with the reliability required for subsea networks to perform,” he says.

“We have partnered with Telstra for a decade, and work collaboratively to co-create solutions that respond rapidly to changing data consumption and the growth of bandwidth-heavy applications.”

Telstra expects the ICE4 network upgrade to be completed in the coming months.

Telstra also says it is one of the largest providers of 100 Gigabit per second network services globally. It also has one of the largest subsea cable networks worldwide, spanning more than 400,000 kilometres.

Recently Telstra announced additional capacity to its New Cross Pacific cable, and investment in the Faster cable. Both investments will strengthen Telstra’s reach from the Japan to the United States route.

In December, Telstra entered into agreed terms to purchase a 25 per cent stake in Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN). Subject to definitive agreements and regulatory approvals, the agreement includes capacity on the existing Southern Cross network and new Southern Cross NEXT subsea cable – set to become the lowest latency path from Australia to the US.

Telstra has also partnered with Ericsson and Ciena to build a rapid restoration service on its busiest subsea cable routes in Asia. The service is now available on three of Telstra’s intra-Asia routes.

The Asian region presents one of the most challenging environments for subsea cable systems. Busy and shallow shipping ports in Hong Kong and Singapore, high-levels of fishing activity and an ecosystem prone to natural disasters, all threaten to disrupt or damage underwater infrastructure,” explains Telstra’s head of connectivity and platforms, Nadya Melic.

“Damage to a subsea cable can take weeks or even months to fix. But with our new continuous connection service, we are able to reroute customers impacted by potential damage to another subsea cable path on our three path network in less than 30 minutes.”

“Through Telstra’s large subsea cable footprint and Ciena’s innovative technology, we are able to help remove the pain of an extended outage from our customers, with almost seamless restoration of their services.”

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As part of an ongoing partnership, Infinera’s fourth-generation ICE4 optical engine is being rolled out across Telstra’s Asia Pacific subsea infrastructure, increasing the capacity, agility and reliability of Telstra’s network.

The ICE4 subsea solution allows Telstra to rapidly activate new capacity for customers, delivering multi-terabit capacity with low power consumption and high reliability.

ICE4 increases Telstra’s fibre capacity by 160 per cent and port density by 140 per cent, while also decreasing power consumption, allowing Telstra to continually improve network services for customers.

Telstra is one of the largest providers of 100 Gigabit per second (Gb/s) network services globally and the ICE4 technology positions the company to support customers’ future connectivity demands, activating capacity per wavelength of up to 200 Gb/s.

Telstra’s Network Planning Principal, Andy Lumsden, said that Telstra was committed to continually developing its network to support the increasing demand for data right across the Asia Pacific region.

“Our commitment to our Asia Pacific customers means we are always adapting and creating capacity where it is needed. This means we are continually working to deploy new technologies that enhance our existing network and complement our latest capacity investments,” Mr Lumsden said.

“With Infinera’s ICE4 optical engine, we are deploying the latest technology across our network. We can now provision new services faster than ever before, which is critical in a region when capacity demand on our international networks has almost doubled over the past two years.”

Telstra has the largest subsea cable network in the Asia Pacific, reaching more than 400,000km and enough to circle the world almost 10 times.

Infinera’s Vice President of Sales, Andrew Bond-Webster, said early testing on the rollout had delivered strong results.

“ICE4, our latest optical engine, enables Telstra to deliver multi-terabit capacity cost effectively with low power consumption and with the reliability required for subsea networks to perform,” Mr Bond-Webster said.

“We have partnered with Telstra for a decade, and work collaboratively to co-create solutions that respond rapidly to changing data consumption and the growth of bandwidth-heavy applications.”

Telstra’s ICE4 network upgrade will be completed in the coming months.

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Australian operator Telstra and Infinera have launched a boost to Telstra’s network services for customers in Asia Pacific, with an increase in fibre capacity to Telstra’s subsea infrastructure using Infinera’s Infinite Capacity Engine 4 (ICE4). Infinera’s fourth-generation ICE4 optical engine is being rolled out across Telstra’s Asia Pacific subsea infrastructure.

The ICE4 subsea service is expected to enable Telstra to activate new capacity for customers, delivering multi-terabit capacity. ICE4 increases Telstra’s fibre capacity by 160 percent and port density by 140 percent, while also decreasing power consumption, Infinera said. Telstra’s ICE4 network upgrade will be completed in the coming months.

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High quality subsea cables are essential because they link Australia to the rest of the world and carry, among other things, the increasingly high volume of data necessary to stream Netflix and other video services.

The move comes seven months after Telstra announced it was separating its fixed-line infrastructure into a subsidiary, InfraCo, which includes the company’s submarine network.

That decision raised concerns Telstra was turning its back on fixed line infrastructure to focus on retail and mobile infrastructure, a response to the National Broadband Network roll-out.

It also raised the possibility that Telstra would cut InfraCo loose entirely, setting it up as an independent business in preparation to purchase or merge with a privatised NBN – something Telstra chief executive Andy Penn has said is under consideration.

Fibre optic cables, of the sort used by the NBN, use pulses of light to transfer data. It’s a much more efficient medium than either copper wire or radiowaves.Glenn Hunt

But Mark Gregory, associate professor of network engineering at RMIT, said the upgrade showed Telstra was being positive about its fixed-line infrastructure rather than neglecting it.

“People were concerned that when they moved the assets into InfraCo they might stop spending and focus on mobile and retail. But what this says is they are investing in InfraCo, so this is really quite a big announcement.

“It puts concerns about Telstra’s direction to rest. They could have just separated it out, and at some point they might just roll it into the NBN. What they’re demonstrating is InfraCo is still a key part of Telstra’s business strategy and they’re making major investments in infrastructure.”

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Telstra’s subsea cables run for 400,000 kilometres – equivalent to 10 times around the world – which the company claims makes it the largest network of subsea cables in the Asia Pacific region.

Telstra executive Michael Ebeid says the company’s extensive subsea network sets it up well to ramp up its overseas business.James Brickwood

Telstra’s network planning principal, Andy Lumsden, said Infinera’s technology, called Infinite Capacity Engine 4 (ICE4), would increase capacity per wavelength to up to 200 gigabits per second.

“With Infinera’s ICE4 optical engine, we are deploying the latest technology across our network. We can now provision new services faster than ever before, which is critical in a region when capacity demand on our international networks has almost doubled over the past two years,” Mr Lumsden said.

In a recent interview with The Australian Financial Review, Telstra’s head of enterprise Michael Ebeid said the company’s large subsea network would allow the company to expand its international business.

“One of Telstra’s well-kept secrets, which I don’t think we talk about enough, is Telstra owns and operates the biggest subsea cable network across Asia Pacific. When you think about all the countries in Asia, Telstra is carrying right now around 40 per cent of the traffic of all of Asia on Telstra networks and cables. A lot of people don’t realise that,” he said.

Alongside Telstra, companies including Singtel, Vocus, TPG, Verizon, AT&T, Spark New Zealand, and even Google own intercontinental subsea cables linking Australia to the rest of the world.

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Telstra launches rapid restoration for Asia subsea routes

Australia’s Telstra has launched a new rapid restoration service to enable near continuous connectivity on its busiest subsea cable routes in Asia.

Australia’s Telstra has launched a new rapid restoration service to enable near continuous connectivity on its busiest subsea cable routes in Asia.

The new continuous connection service, deployed in collaboration with Ericsson and Ciena, will allow for key routes to be restored within 30 minutes.

Following successful trials in December, the service is now available on three of Telstra’s intra-Asia routes.

The solution uses Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme solution to provide increased visualization over Telstra’s subsea network, enabling rapid responses to faults.

“The Asian region presents one of the most challenging environments for subsea cable systems. Busy and shallow shipping ports in Hong Kong and Singapore, high-levels of fishing activity and an ecosystem prone to natural disasters, all threaten to disrupt or damage underwater infrastructure,” Telstra head of connectivity and paltforms Nadya Melic said.

“Damage to a subsea cable can take weeks or even months to fix. But with our new continuous connection service, we are able to reroute customers impacted by potential damage to another subsea cable path on our three path network in less than 30 minutes.”

Telstra already offers an Always On assured availability service on its key Asian routes offering restoration within eight hours.

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