Telstra expands into Europe with new Paris hub
22 March 2018 | Natalie Bannerman
Telstra has expanded its business in Europe with the opening of a new office in Paris that will serve as Telstra’s hub for Continental Europe.
“Our new office in the La Défense area of Paris will be a hub for our European business. This hub will be crucial for our expansion across the continent,” said Tom Homer, Telstra’s managing director for EMEA. “We already have entities in France, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden as well as an indirect channel partnership with IPSILAN, a French technology services consultancy, to distribute Telstra’s Cisco-based unified communications solutions. We will triple the size of our team in the city and have a dedicated group of people serving customers in the media industry, which is a key vertical for us.”
The news builds on Telstra’s recent investments including the acquisition of UK-based technology services business Company85, which provides data centre, workspace, cloud, security and network services, in June last year.
“Our acquisition of Company85 was another step in strengthening our position in Europe. We are now able to engage in IT transformation conversations with prospective customers early in the proposal stage, which is creating demand for our core network services in the region,” explained Homer.
The new PoPs will give Telstra customers flexible and dynamic access to the Telstra Programmable Network, a digital platform for enterprise network services built on software-defined networking.
“As organisations in Europe look to digitally transform their businesses, whether it’s to capture opportunities in new markets, create new products and services or improve efficiency, they are increasingly seeking integrated solutions for their network, security and cloud infrastructure, as well as advice on implementation and management,” added Homer.
The Telstra Programmable Network provides near-real time on-demand connectivity to clouds, data centres and a partner ecosystem through one portal, transforming the traditional networking experience. Businesses with operations in France and Germany will be able to optimise their IT through the automated provisioning of new applications and services, real-time data insights on network usage and consumption-based pricing without the need for significant infrastructure upgrades.
“The availability of the Telstra Programmable Network builds on the significant capacity investments we have made in the region, which include PoPs in Copenhagen, Düsseldorf and a second one in Paris that provide access to virtual private networks via Telstra’s IPVPN solution,” said Homer.
Jason McGee-Abe, Editor at Capacity, sat down with David Burns, group managing director of global services and international in GES, who is also responsible for leading Telstra’s global enterprise and services business outside Australia, to talk about the company’s growth in the enterprise space. To read the full interview from our Feb/March issue of Capacity, please click here.