Telstra anticipates explosive demand for capacity for Olympics

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Australia’s largest telecoms carrier, Telstra, plans to double its Internet capacity between Australia and the USA before the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Telstra’s move comes ahead of an anticipated explosion in demand for IP capacity following the rollout of broadband Internet systems throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Organisers are expecting the primary Olympics.com website alone to receive up to three billion hits during the games. Telstra has substantially increased its Internet Protocol network in the United States in an agreement with Cisco.

The upgrade extends an already strong relationship between the two companies. For instance, Cisco supplies the majority of equipment for Telstra’s national Internet Backbone in Australia, Big Pond, and associated international IP gateways.

“This ambitious expansion augments our existing US Internet exchange in Palo Alto, California, and will enable us to deliver Internet traffic more effectively throughout North America,” said John Hibbard, Telstra managing director.

In the USA, Telstra is constructing its own high-speed Internet backbone network using Cisco 12000 Internet routers and other systems. New points of presence have been established in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto and Washington DC.

“Through the extensive deployment of Cisco equipment in its domestic and international IP networks, Telstra is creating a very cohesive and highly manageable global network,” said Terry Walsh, Cisco managing director, Australia & New Zealand.

The North American network will substantially increase Telstra’s presence in the US market, placing Telstra in the centre of the most dynamic, sophisticated IP backbone market in the world.

“This move substantially enhances our competitive position as a global IP carrier,” said Hibbard.

The USA rollout project was commissioned in April 2000 and completed by August, with Cisco handling much of the project deployment work directly in the USA. Telstra and Cisco also recently completed project EpiCentre, a one gigabit per second ethernet network for corporate users in Australia’s major business centres.

“Telstra is a key customer for Cisco in the Asia Pacific region and increasingly on a global scale,” said Walsh. “We are very pleased to be working so closely with Telstra, both in terms of building networks and helping to market its services through the Cisco Powered Network program.”

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