Telstra announces plans to expand network in US

Telstra, a leading global telecommunications and technology company, has announced plans to expand its network infrastructure in the US by increasing bandwidth capacity on its trans-Pacific subsea cables.

Telstra Americas President Nicholas Collins said, “Telstra would increase bandwidth by more than 1.5 terabytes in the next six months, open PoPs in Hillsboro, Oregon and Los Angeles and California and upgrade in-country circuits, from bundles of 10G transit services to 100G.

“We’ve experienced incredible demand for connectivity into Asia-Pacific over the last year, as more US businesses look for growth in Asia, one of the world’s largest growth markets,” added Collins.

“To meet this need, ensure we deliver the best experience to our customers, and remain one of the most-trusted partners to deliver content, data and IP to and from the US and Asia, we are committed to continually investing in our US network infrastructure, at a time when connectivity and collaboration between the two high-growth regions continues to be important.”

The addition of 1.5 terabytes of capacity on multiple subsea cables from US West Coast to Asia-Pacific is a direct result of increased demand from Telstra’s US-based customers and partners needing to carry data, content and IP to and from Asia, especially as the world continues, in large part, to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Telstra has seen up to a 35 percent increase in traffic overall on its international network as well as a shift from 10G to 100G services on its trans-Pacific subsea cables.

The swelling of demand is particularly concentrated in areas of the US with large concentrations of technology, media, content delivery and enterprise businesses, including the Pacific Northwest and Southern California.

The two new PoPs in Hillsboro and Los Angeles will support increasing bandwidth requirements from organizations in the surrounding areas. This brings Telstra’s total number of PoPs in the US to 21, signalling an ongoing investment to support the company’s sustained growth across the country.

The company also recently launched PoPs in Atlanta, Seattle, Denver and Dallas and a new sales office in Chicago.

To ensure US network resiliency and diversity between all of Telstra’s PoPs in the US, the company has also upgraded its backbone to include multiple new 100G transit services.

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