Telstra to expand US network infrastructure

Telstra to expand US network infrastructure

08 July 2020 | Natalie Bannerman


Telstra confirmed plans to expand its network infrastructure in the US.

Specifically, Nicholas Collins (pictured), president of Telstra Americas President said the company would: increase bandwidth by more than 1.5Tbps over the next six months, deploy new points of presence (PoPs) in in Hillsboro, Oregon and Los Angeles, California; and upgrade in-country circuits, from bundles of 10G transit services to 100G.

“We’ve experienced incredible demand for connectivity into Asia-Pacific over the last year, as more US businesses look for growth in Asia, one of the world’s largest growth markets,” said Collins.

“To meet this need, ensure we deliver the best experience to our customers, and remain one of the most- trusted partners to deliver content, data and IP to and from the US and Asia, we are committed to continually investing in our US network infrastructure, at a time when connectivity and collaboration between the two high-growth regions continues to be important.”

The addition of 1.5Tbps of capacity on various subsea cables from the US West Coast to Asia-Pacific is due to increased demand from Telstra’s US-based customers needing to carry data, content, and IP to and from Asia. This has been further compounded by the current Covid-19 pandemic.

The company has seen up to a 35% increase in traffic on its international network as well as a shift from 10G to 100G services on its trans-Pacific subsea cables. This is driven largely by content providers, content delivery networks, and growing requirements from a range of businesses to support video, gaming, productivity, and enterprise apps.

“While the Covid-19 pandemic certainly accelerated demand for bandwidth among technology and media companies, we’ve anticipated this growth for some time,” added Collins.

“That’s specifically why at the beginning of our fiscal year in July 2019 we introduced a new business Technology and Media business segment in the U.S. with the goal of capitalising on the growth potential in those industries.”

The two new PoPs in Hillsboro and Los Angeles will support increasing bandwidth requirements from organisations in the surrounding areas, bringing Telstra’s total number of PoPs in the US to 21.

The company also recently launched PoPs in Atlanta, Seattle, Denver and Dallas and a new sales office in Chicago.

Additionally, to ensure US network resiliency and diversity between all of Telstra’s PoPs in the US, the company has also upgraded its backbone to include multiple new 100G transit services.