Telstra selects Ericsson for optical transport services

Telstra has partnered with Ericsson for the delivery of the Swedish vendor’s optical transport equipment and services.

The deal will see Ericsson deliver these services, as well as Ciena packet-optical platforms following an SDN agreement between the two vendors earlier this year.

“We want to have one of the world’s best optical networks and this agreement will provide us with the ability to dynamically move and shape transport capacity with the flexibility and scalability to streamline our network operations,” said David Robertson, director transport routing, engineering at Telstra.

“This will help us ensure a consistent satisfactory customer experience, despite the demands for high traffic across different parts of the transport network.”

Improving Telstra’s optical technology is also expected to increase bandwidth capacity and reduce latency, enabling more operations to move to the cloud.

The agreement will also support the introduction of SDN and NFV functionality, enabling flexible data centre services without compromised quality.

“We have worked with Telstra over a number of years to pilot the latest cloud networking technologies incorporating SDN and NFV,” said Håkan Eriksson, head of Ericsson Australia and New Zealand.

“The new agreement ensures that we can begin to introduce this functionality into the Telstra transport network throughout Australia.”

In December last year, the two companies trialled LTE-A technology.

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