Telstra launches enhanced suite of Ethernet services

AUGUST 24, 2009 -- The global telecom provider expands its Ethernet portfolio to offer flexible, cost-effective international connectivity options.

AUGUST 24, 2009 -- Telstra International (search Lightwave for Telstra), a global provider of managed network services, has expanded its range of Ethernet wide-area network (WAN) services to provide customers with a complete range of Ethernet connectivity options across the United States, Asia, and Europe. The provider says its offering, available throughout 12 countries, will enable multinational companies to expand their international reach and establish scalable connections with regional offices around the world.

Telstra International's Global Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) will provide multinational companies with a fully meshed, secure WAN connection over multiple global sites, while customers looking for point-to-point or point-to-multipoint connections can use the Global Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL). Both services operate at Layer 2, targeted for customers that prefer to maintain control of their routing environments.

The two new services join Telstra International's existing Global Ethernet Private Line (EPL) service to form the company's global Ethernet Services portfolio, which is designed to address customer needs such as expanding into new markets, installing bandwidth-hungry applications, and replicating mission-critical data on a wide scale.

"The market for Ethernet services is booming because IT managers value the way they simplify network management and reduce the complexity of IT infrastructure," claims Gina Nomellini, general manager, global products, Telstra International. "However, Ethernet has traditionally been limited by its restricted geographical reach. Launching these services on an international scale and utilizing the strength of our coverage in the Asia-Pacific region allows our customers to enjoy simple-to-manage, secure, and flexible network connections across 29 points of presence in 12 countries across the globe."

The new Ethernet WAN products will provide customers with a range of secure and scalable bandwidth as well as the ability to support a variety of network configurations. The Ethernet suite allows customers to select from six classes of service and offers support for virtual local-area network (LAN) tagging, all running across its global MPLS infrastructure.

"The current state of the US and global economy is aggressively driving the need for companies to create maximum efficiencies," says Andrew Morawski, president and chief executive officer, Telstra International Americas. "The addition of Telstra International's new Ethernet WAN services will cater to the rising demand of companies for remote collaboration to help increase productivity and allow for better asset utilization."

The new EVPL and VPLS , available immediately, will be supported by expanded service-level agreements, with enhanced service levels for all performance metrics including availability, latency, jitter, throughput, mean time to repair, and service delivery.

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