Telstra signs Alcatel to upgrade optical backbone network

Telstra has signed a multimillion dollar deal with Alcatel to extend its optical backbone network by another 8000 kilometres.

The project, using dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology, is expected to accelerate Telstra's national network capacity, thereby ensuring it meets expected Internet traffic growth.

Under the terms of the deal, Alcatel will become the main supplier of DWDM equipment to Telstra.

As part of a complete turnkey solution, Alcatel will provide, install and commission its 16-channel DWDM Optinex system to enhance transmission capacity on major routes in Australia.

In June 2000, Alcatel was selected by Telstra to supply a DWDM transmission link connecting Melbourne and Sydney. With this new contract, another five links will be added to Telstra's network.

David Piltz, general manager, core and enterprise planning, Telstra, said enhancing the capability and robustness of Telstra's international and interstate transmission network would assist the provision of converged voice and data communications.

The existing Alcatel management platform will used by Telstra to remotely manage the DWDM system from its Global Operations Centre in Melbourne.

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