Telstra boosts regional Western Australia network

OCTOBER 28, 2008 -- The $20-million network investment will increase the capability and efficiency of Telstra's optical fiber networks through the deployment of DWDM systems on fiber routes in the southwest and Goldfields regions of Western Australia, says the carrier.

OCTOBER 28, 2008 -- Telstra (search for Telstra) has expanded its network with an investment of $20 million in regional Western Australia, giving customers greater reliability and access to world-class communications services, say representatives for the carrier.

Geoff Booth, head of Telstra Country Wide, says customers in regional areas of Western Australia will benefit from improved bandwidth and high-speed data needs now and into the future.

"Telstra is out there in regional Australia making major investments in areas where no one else has infrastructure to help regional based businesses, such as large mining companies, compete on the world stage, regardless of location," he notes.
The network investment will increase the capability and efficiency of Telstra's optical fiber networks through the deployment of DWDM systems on fiber routes in the south west and Goldfields regions of Western Australia.

These routes include Kalgoorlie-Esperance, Bunbury-Margaret River-Augusta-Manjimup-Katanning, Esperance-Katanning, Katanning-Northam, Katanning-Collie-Bunbury, Pinjarra-Perth, and Bunbury-Perth.

Each DWDM transmission system allows for expansion of up to 40 channels of 10 Gbits/sec of information and is capable of supporting high bandwidth customer capacity, including Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) services.

In addition to DWDM transmission systems, the implementation of next-generation SDH rings will benefit Telstra customers by providing large capacity transmission paths from regional areas of the state to Perth, allowing improved bandwidth and redundancy to these areas, reports Telstra network and technology executive director Michael Lawrey.

"They will accommodate the rapidly expanding demand in these regions for high-speed data," he explains. "This investment by Telstra again demonstrates our commitment to provide the infrastructure that will support the economic growth and sustainability of our regional communities now and into the future."

Telstra says it recently completed a similar network upgrade between Perth and Port Hedland, delivering greater reliability and world-class network capacity for residents, businesses, and emerging mining companies in the Pilbara region.


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