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Telstra says it has launched a new service on its busiest subsea cable routes in Asia, to ensure continuous connections. The service has been started in collaboration with Ericsson and Ciena.

The new service uses flexible programmable infrsatructure from Ciena's GeoMesh Extreme solution, Telstra said in a statement on Wednesday.

Continuous connection is an addition to the existing always on service that offers restoration of service within eight hours.

The new service will reduce any service breaks from hours to minues, the telco claimed.

Telstra’s head of Connectivity and Platforms, Nadya Melic, said that following successful trials in December, the new service was now available on three of its intra-Asia routes.

“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,” 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.

“Through Telstra’s large subsea cable footprint and Ciena’s innovative technology, we are able to help remove the pain of an extended outage from our customers, with almost seamless restoration of their services.”

Ericsson’s managing director for Australia and New Zealand, Emilio Romeo, said: “Through this innovative technology we are supporting Telstra to meet ever-increasing network demands and providing unprecedented levels of reliability, automation and intelligence. This solution gives Telstra increased capacity to adapt to network changes, ensuring customers receive the best possible service.”

Ciena’s vice-president and general manager of Asia Pacific and Japan, Rick Seeto, said: “We are seeing a growing trend for more agile, resilient and adaptive networks that use flexible, instrumented photonics and advanced software control. These innovations allow network providers like Telstra to not only scale their network and boost capacity but also protect traffic and service delivery.”

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