Telstra to enter Canada with Toronto PoP and infrastructure

Telstra to enter Canada with Toronto PoP and infrastructure upgrade  

27 October 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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Telstra confirms plans to expand its network into Canada with the launch of a new point-of-presence (PoP) in Toronto and upgrading infrastructure that will connect Canada to its trans-Pacific subsea cable networks.

The subsea cable networks will carry data from Canada into the Asia-Pacific region, connecting to Telstra’s existing subsea cable system, which currently carries nearly one-third of all Asia-Pacific internet traffic. 

Through this expansion Canadian businesses will be able to leverage Telstra’s network of existing Asian operations as well as strategic growth into the region.

“Simply put, Telstra makes Asia easy -- our deep technology experience, a world-class network and access to local support staff throughout Asia enables us to help companies quickly open up access to new growth markets. We are excited to be expanding our presence into Canada,” said Nicholas Collins (pictured), president of Telstra, Americas.

“Canada has long been one of our most requested routes, and we believe that the time is right to provide a new, world-class option for Canadian businesses seeking to securely connect into the Asia-Pacific region.”

With the Toronto PoP to be located in the Financial District, Telstra will connect Canada’s tech industry with a growing middle class in the Asia-Pacific market. Beyond the financial industry, Telstra sees strong benefits for established and startup businesses in the tech, media, and manufacturing sectors.

“Connectivity truly drives expansion. Telstra’s presence in Canada will help local enterprises seamlessly connect with Asia to pursue their growth strategies, by establishing or upgrading communications and connections with trans-Pacific offices, subsidiaries or partners,” added Collins.

In addition, thanks to Toronto’s technology and finance industries, open immigration policies and culture of innovation, the city is seen as a viable alternative to Silicon Valley.

 Overall Toronto’s technology sector has grown over 85% since 2014, according to a recent report issued by the city, it is also home to the likes of Airbnb, Facebook and Google, all contributing to Canada’s $1.7 trillion dollar GDP.

“As the leading provider of connectivity from North America to Asia, we look forward to enabling and supporting the continued growth of Canadian enterprises as they expand their markets and serve their customers across the Asia-Pacific region,” said Collins.