Datacenter Dynamics — Australian telco Telstra has announced several initiatives that it says will extends its network services in Asia and offer more choice for customers. The new Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) cable system will interconnect Telstra’s networks in Southeast Asia and North Asia through to India and the Middle East. An additional route between Asia and the Americas with the FASTER cable system should also be opened this summer.
IT News — Telstra customers lost access to their NBN services in NSW this afternoon in another network problem for the country’s biggest telco. Complaints began flooding in just before 3pm Friday about a lack of internet and home phone services, according to social media and outage tracker Aussie Outages.
IT News — Telstra has expanded its Asian network backbone through capacity purchases on existing submarine cables and a new fully-owned overland circuit. A Telstra spokesman said the company was not part of the consortium that built the Bay of Bengal Gateway cable, but has secured capacity on the system that connects Singapore, Malaysia, India and Sri Lanka with Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
ZDNet — Telstra has announced that it will be building a fibre overland route between Taiwan and Hong Kong, a fibre ring network in South Korea, and a submarine cable connecting its networks in Asia to India and the Middle East, as well as securing capacity on a new cable system connecting Asia with the United States.
IT News — Telstra has begun wholesaling 4G mobile services to its mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) partners, but speeds will be capped below those available to the carrier’s retail customers. The launch will see a number of retail service providers including AldiMobile, Woolworths, Telechoice and Better Life progressively enable 4G on customers’ existing 3G accounts from today.
IT News — Telstra has announced a $50 million injection into its mobile network to avoid a repeat of the three major outages that hit the telco’s customers in the first few months of this year. The telco has spent the last month conducting a “deep dive” into its network to improve its resilience with the help of network partners Cisco, Ericsson and Juniper.
SBS — Telstra plans to hand at least $1.5 billion back to shareholders from the proceeds of its recent stake sale in Chinese online carsales business Autohome. The telco giant says it isn’t yet sure what form the capital return will take and is still examining various options.
Telecom Asia — Telstra has added two cloud-based online video platforms to its global media portfolio — the Video Monetization Solution (VMS) and Online Video Solution (OVS) — designed to help professional and digital media organizations more effectively stream, deliver and distribute online video content.
ZDNet — Telstra’s venture capital arm Telstra Ventures has invested an undisclosed amount in United States web server provider NGINX, boosting the company’s ability to expand throughout the APAC region. According to Mark Sherman, managing director of Telstra Ventures, Telstra eyed the investment as an opportunity to expand its provision of application delivery and deployment services.
Telecom Asia — Australia’s largest operator Telstra will launch a product for businesses needing to connect to multiple cloud environments. The company has also added Amazon Web Services (AWS) to its list of supported cloud platforms. The service, named Cloud Gateway, will launch in June 2016.
SCMP — Telstra Corp, Australia’s largest telecommunications company, has agreed to sell most of its stake in Autohome, China’s leading online car retail website operator, to Ping An Insurance for US$1.6 billion. The deal announced on Friday has Ping An acquiring 47.7 per cent of the total issued shares in New York-traded Autohome, while Telstra retains a 6.5 per cent interest in the online business that it has owned since 2008.
IT News — Australia’s competition watchdog is “concerned” about the level of Telstra’s involvement in the national broadband network rollout and its effect on competition in the telco sector. Just hours after the telco and NBN announced a $1.6 billion deal for the rollout of Telstra’s hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) network, the ACCC said it was worried the telco could potentially receive a competitive advantage from its various NBN contracts.
Channel Life — A new Perth to Singapore submarine cable link is expected to bolster capacity and add redundancy as demand for international connectivity continues to rise. The new cable is being deployed by Bevan Slattery’s SubPartners, Singtel and Telstra. The new APX-West submarine cable, which is expected to begin construction by the end of July and be completed in 2018, is expected to provide redundancy and take some of the strain off the SEA-ME-WE 3 cable.
IT News — Telstra customers used up 2686 TB of data on Sunday during the telco’s free data day mea culpa for its recent outages, outstripping previous records by 46 percent. The telco was forced to offer the unlimited day of data following three significant outages over the past few months.
IT News — Submarine cable builder SubPartners has switched to a consortium model for its Perth to Singapore subsea cable system and partnered with Telstra and SingTel to finally get the long-running project off the ground. The APX-West project has been in motion for the past three years. In 2013, Telstra signed its first non-binding memorandum of understanding to buy one of four planned fibre pairs on the cable system.
ZDNet — Telstra, Singtel, and SubPartners have entered a memorandum of understanding to construct a high-capacity Perth to Singapore subsea cable. The cable, named APX-West, will be 4,500km long, with two fibre pairs providing a minimum of 10 Terabits per second capacity each pair and two-way data transmission. It will replace the slower-speed SEA-ME-WE 3 (SMW3) cable, which currently carries data traffic between the two countries.
IT News — Telstra customers were unable to connect to their services in one of Amazon Web Services’ Sydney data centres this morning as a result of a third-party routing issue, just hours after the company resolved a massive mobile outage overnight. At around 9am this morning, customers began reporting an inability to access the data centre via both Telstra and Optus mobile and fixed-line connections.
Life Hacker — At around 6pm last night, reports of outages on the Telstra network — again — started to emerge. The network began sporadically working again from 7:30pm onwards, and for the inconvenience Telstra are giving away a day of free data on Sunday April 3. “We sincerely apologise to our customers for the inconvenience we have caused again,” a Telstra spokesperson said this morning.
ZDNet — Telstra has cited the lack of an acceptable “risk-reward balance” as the reason for abandoning negotiations with Filipino giant San Miguel Corporation over a $1 billion equity investment in a wireless joint venture in the Philippines.
SBS — Telstra has abandoned talks with food and beer giant San Miguel about setting up a third mobile operator in the Philippines, but vows to continue its pursuit of growth opportunities in Asia. Australia’s biggest phone and internet provider, which announced the talks in August, was looking to invest up to $US1 billion ($A1.33 billion) in the proposed wireless joint venture in the Philippines, which has one of the lowest mobile network speeds in the world.
While the news over at Cisco has been about cloud-related technology acquisitions, yesterday they were part of an interesting APAC announcement down under. Telstra is using Cisco’s software platform to bring SDN and NFV powered products to market. Of course, Telstra bought Pacnet about a year ago and quickly started investing in an expansion of its early SDN-powered PEN network.
IT Wire — Software-defined networking (SDN), according to Wikipedia, ‘is an approach to computer networking that allows network administrators to manage network services through abstraction of higher-level functionality. This is done by decoupling the system that makes decisions about where traffic is sent (the control plane) from the underlying systems that forward traffic to the selected destination (the data plane).’
The Register — Telstra has confirmed to The Register that something is amiss. In a statement from a spokesperson, the company said: “Telstra operates several subsea cables connecting to Singapore and we are experiencing some disruption to normal services in the region due to cable damage. We are taking steps to re-route traffic to minimise the impact on our customers while we undertake repairs. We apologise for any inconvenience to our customers.” The Register can confirm that Linode’s speed-test for Singapore is running far slower than for its US sites.
China Daily — Australia’s leading telecommunications service firm Telstra announced a series of mobile advances at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, paving the way for the launch of a 5G trial service on the Telstra mobile network at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, in partnership with Sweden’s Ericsson. The new technology signifies a breakthrough in mobile speeds and features, and isin line with the firm’s ambition to use the 2018 Commonwealth Games “as a testbed to create one of the world’s most advanced technology-enabled sporting eventsof the decade”, said Mike Wright, Telstra’s Group Managing Director Networks.
IT News — Telstra is upgrading its mobile network to support the LTE category 16 standard and offer a boost in peak speeds on its 4GX network to 1 Gbps in the Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane CBDs later this year. The upgrade will coincide with the launch of the first hotspot capable of accessing the higher speeds, a 1 Gbps Netgear mobile broadband device. The network upgrade will mean theoretical peak download speeds of 1000Mbps and peak upload speeds of 150Mbps.
Telstra has turned on support for the low-speed category one LTE standard on its 4G network, to be used for communications between ‘internet of things’ (IoT) connected devices. In a blog post last week, Telstra’s group managing director of networks, Mike Wright, said the telco will partner with its main vendor Ericsson and device makers to trial Cat-1 LTE.
MIS Asia — Ericsson and Amazon Web Services are partnering to help service providers use the AWS cloud to quickly roll out and expand services in areas like the Internet of Things. The partnership, announced Monday at Mobile World Congress, is part of Ericsson’s efforts to help carriers evolve from traditional data-center infrastructure to Web-scale technologies. Like enterprises, fixed and mobile operators want to become more agile so they can meet growing and changing demands from users.
Telecom Asia — Telstra and Ericsson signed a contract at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Tuesday under which Ericsson will deploy a full-stack telecom cloud solution that includes NFV and SDN, and will focus initially on transforming the Australian telco’s wireless network and providing a 5G-ready core.
ZDNet — Ericsson and Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced overnight at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 in Barcelona that they will be partnering on researching and launching telecommunications service provider hybrid cloud centres worldwide, with Telstra to be the first co-host. Ericsson is aiming to use AWS’ industry expertise in an effort to extend its own cloud programs, datacentres, and application migration solutions to accelerate cloud adoption for telcos in preparation of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT).
IoT Hub — Telstra has made a big play in IoT connectivity with the announcement that its LTE network will enable support for Category 1 (Cat 1) devices. M2M and IoT devices have traditionally made use of the legacy 2G and 3G cellular connections. Cat 1 is a 4G standard that provides throttled download and upload speeds of 10 Mbps and 5 Mbps, respectively.