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Telstra has launched a new, faster network linking the Australian and Singapore stock exchanges which it says strengthens its offerings for the financial services sector.

The telco announced the launch of what it says is the “lowest latency” international connectivity between the two financial hubs, to service the ASX’s purpose-built financial markets data centre and the SGX’s Co-Location facility which houses its trading, market data and clearing infrastructure.

Telstra’s Global Head of Financial Services Market Segment, Matthew Lempriere, said the investment was driven by customer demand in both markets and built on existing services that Telstra rolled out last year for financial markets in Chicago, Hong Kong and London.

“Today, millisecond improvements in network speed can be what it takes to get the edge over the competition. This new connection is highly scalable and easily handles fast-changing bandwidth demands, common among low latency financial trading.”

According to Lempriere, the route is enabled by Telstra’s new 100Gbps capacity low latency optical link from Sydney to Perth - two key entry and exit points of international traffic to and from Australia - with an extension from Sydney to Melbourne ready for 200Gbps services.

Lempriere said that by carrying 100Gbps in a single wavelength, this significantly improves the delivery and reliability of data transfers and the critical trans-Australian route from Sydney to Perth is now lowest latency, under 20 milliseconds and 25% lower than the current route.

“We believe this new route between these two financial hubs will become a one-stop-shop for our customers' low latency global connectivity needs, enabling an estimated 91.5 millisecond Round Trip Delay from Sydney to Singapore.

“As a result, it will also drive participation across Singapore and Australia by a larger number of global trading firms, who are seeking the next generation of growth opportunities and looking to capitalise on trading opportunities between these marketplaces.”

Lempriere says Telstra’s new connectivity is backed up by comprehensive Service Level Agreements, while Low Round Trip Delay makes it a “safer option” for businesses operating globally or in diverse geographies.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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