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Telstra expands its network infrastructure in the US

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Telstra is expanding its network infrastructure in the US by increasing its footprint at a primary data centre in Ashburn, Virginia, by almost a third.

The upgrade forms part of Telstra's ongoing efforts to support customers across the US by making network investments and adding new points-of-presence. In addition, the Ashburn expansion also adds extra layers of network resiliency to ensure customers experience stable connectivity.

Telstra operates out of Equinix's Ashburn (DC21) facility, which focuses on providing low-latency connectivity to and from Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. When completed in early 2022, Ashburn will be Telstra’s third core node on the US East Coast.

“When it comes to network expansion, our goal is to meet people where they are,” said Nicholas Collins (pictured), president of Telstra, Americas.

“Demand for international connections beyond the tri-state New York area and along the entire Northeast Corridor is growing. This Ashburn upgrade and the network capabilities it supports will greatly benefit the region’s expanding business and technology communities, as well as satisfy growing consumer demand for network connectivity.”

The Ashburn expansion also supports Telstra’s global growth strategy, which aims to add more than 70Tbps of capacity across its international network by June 2022. The investment will increase key routes between North America, Europe and Asia, with more than half of the new capacity contained within the Asia-Pacific region where demand from US and Canadian businesses continues to grow.

Once completed, the Ashburn node will be fully interconnected with Telstra’s existing points of presence in New York, New Jersey and California.

In related news, earlier this month Telstra along with Singtel and Optus spent over $2 billion in securing spectrum licenses in Australia. Telstra acquired the maximum amount of spectrum within competition limits for $616 million. 

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