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Telstra details network expansion projects to strengthen services offering across Asia Pacific region
Announced Date: 5/9/2016 Published Date: 5/16/2016

Australian telco Telstra has announced a series of new and enhanced global network services designed to offer increased options for customers and to strengthen its position as a service provider in the Asia Pacific region.

The new network solutions include access to the Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) cable system interconnecting Telstra's networks in South East and North Asia via India and the Middle East, a new route connecting Asia and the Americas on the FASTER cable system, extending the operating life of the EAC and C2C cable systems, a new shorter, lower latency path between Taipei and Hong Kong, and a new fibre ring in South Korea.

BBG cable system

The BBG system is a new submarine cable comprising three fibre pairs spanning 8,000 km connecting Singapore, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Through access to the BBG cable, Telstra is able to offer customers direct connectivity between Asia and the Middle East, and on to Europe leveraging the Europe India Gateway (EIG) cable system.

FASTER cable system

Telstra has secured capacity on the new trans-Pacific FASTER cable system connecting Japan and neighbouring cable systems with key hubs on the U.S. west coast serving the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle areas. The 10,000 km system features six fibre pairs, is based on 100 Gbit/s wave technology and is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2016.

EAC-C2C system

Telstra is also investing in an upgrade of the EAC-C2C cable system designed to increase capacity and extend the life of the cable until at least 2035. The cable spans more than 36,000 km and connects Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Singapore.

New Taiwan link

Telstra’s new Taiwan overland fibre route offers a diverse path that can be combined with Telstra's existing submarine cable networks within Taiwan and throughout the region. The route offers an alternative to cables running through the Luzon Strait, a widely used location for connecting North Asia and the U.S. west coast.

New ring network in Korea

In South Korea, Telstra's new fibre ring interconnects PoPs and cable stations in country and enables eight diverse ways to connect into and out of South Korea, with all routes 100 Gbit/s-enabled.

These initiatives are in addition to recent announcements of commencement of work on the new Trans-Tasman (TGA) cable connecting Australia and New Zealand, where Telstra is a consortium partner, and the recent signing of a MoU with other parties to explore the viability of a new APX-West cable to connect Singapore with Perth in Western Australia.