Telstra launches rapid restoration for Asia subsea routes

21 Jan 2019

Australia's Telstra has launched a new rapid restoration service to enable near continuous connectivity on its busiest subsea cable routes in Asia.

The new continuous connection service, deployed in collaboration with Ericsson and Ciena, will allow for key routes to be restored within 30 minutes.

Following successful trials in December, the service is now available on three of Telstra's intra-Asia routes.

The solution uses Ciena's GeoMesh Extreme solution to provide increased visualization over Telstra's subsea network, enabling rapid responses to faults.

“The Asian region presents one of the most challenging environments for subsea cable systems. Busy and shallow shipping ports in Hong Kong and Singapore, high-levels of fishing activity and an ecosystem prone to natural disasters, all threaten to disrupt or damage underwater infrastructure,” Telstra head of connectivity and paltforms Nadya Melic said.

“Damage to a subsea cable can take weeks or even months to fix. But with our new continuous connection service, we are able to reroute customers impacted by potential damage to another subsea cable path on our three path network in less than 30 minutes.”

Telstra already offers an Always On assured availability service on its key Asian routes offering restoration within eight hours.

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