Telstra migrates to a single IP backbone infrastructure

Telstra has selected Unisphere Networks technology to help it consolidate more than 20 separate Internet protocol (IP) networks into a single IP infrastructure backbone.

The multimillion dollar deal over several years, is part of Telstra's routed data network (RDN) project; a high-performance telco grade network which will replace the inter-capital links in the core of Telstra's network.

When complete, the infrastructure will let the telco provide next-generation services to its customers.

Unisphere Networks' ERX 1400 edge routers with multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) were selected for the nationwide deployment, interoperating with the incumbent Cisco GSR core network.

Phase one of the project, deployment within capital cities, is almost complete, said Shaun Page, general manager, Australia and New Zealand for Unisphere Networks.

"It is possible there will be an RDN expansion into regional centres."

A spokesperson for Telstra said the rollout will be phased in over a couple of years and will result in "substantial cost savings" and "increased efficiencies".

Page said that, before this project, Telstra had "disparate networks serving different purposes".

"MPLS technology was key to the decision to deploy ERX."

Page said the solution is capable of being deployed as an IP virtual private network (VPN), broadband subscriber management platform, and circuit aggregation and routing application.

"We will be delivering other features off the platform over the coming months."

"RDN has the potential to be the IP network for Telstra. It has the potential to deliver voice and data," Page said.

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