The network links Cairns with Perth via Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide and has been upgraded by Optus in collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent to deliver an agile and flexible transport network that can deliver capacity where and when it is needed.
Rob Parcell, Managing Director Optus Wholesale, Satellite and SMB said, “Optus is committed to building reliable network capacity for retail, government and enterprise customers based on the world’s best long-haul transmission technology. This upgrade supports the changing needs of our customers including increasing capacity demands across Optus’ Wholesale and branded business lines alike.”
“Investment in this type of network capability means we can reliably scale the delivery of high-speed, low latency services over a resilient high capacity network interconnecting Cairns to Perth for business and government and other carriers through our wholesale channel.”
“There is exponential demand for high-speed connectivity, driven by growth in cloud computing, data centres and subsea cable upgrades. We’re looking to meet this demand while at the same time opening up new markets which allows us to remain competitive.”
Sean O’Halloran, President and Managing Director, Alcatel-Lucent Oceania said, “This has been an exciting project that builds on Alcatel-Lucent’s long experience delivering national infrastructure in Australia and puts Optus in an outstanding position to address the continuing market demand for more flexible, higher bandwidth networks.”
Optus commenced building the capability in late 2014 linking Perth to Sydney, and links have been established between Sydney to Brisbane, and now Cairns.
Alcatel-Lucent has upgraded the optical network between Cairns and Perth using its 1830 Photonic Service Switch and Photonic Service Engine (PSE)-based coherent technology with soft-decision forward error correction (SD-FEC) that can extend the reach of 100G signals to 3,000 kilometers (1,800 miles) or more without need for costly re-generation.