Telstra boosts Internet backbone

In an Australian first, Telstra has commercially deployed 10GB/sec technology, boosting its Internet backbone to meet anticipated broadband demand.

The increased use of broadband applications by business customers has increased Internet traffic by 55 per cent in the last 12 months, according to Telstra business and government director of data products Paul Geason.

He said the telco expects one million broadband customers to be using its network by the end 2005, up from today's 250,000 customers.

Previously, a 1GB system serviced most of Sydney and Melbourne metropolitan customers, but the increased use of broadband applications by businesses has meant significantly more traffic now occupies the network.

"Telstra's Internet network now carries 17 terabytes of traffic per day -- the equivalent of 700 million e-mails with standard attachments -- so we must be prepared to manage future growth to ensure customers continue to enjoy a high quality communication experience," Geason said.

"This is especially the case for business customers who are increasingly demanding a slew of broadband applications such as broadcast quality multimedia to improve productivity."

Telstra is using Cisco Systems 12000 Series Internet Routers for the upgrade and work is expected to be completed by June.

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