Telstra plans hook up to Equinix Australian data centres

Telco will establish PoPs in Sydney and Melbourne facilities

Telstra (ASX: TLS) is establishing points of presence (PoPs) in Equinix’s SY3 Sydney and ME1 Melbourne data centres to deliver telco/media services to its customers who use Equinix’s facilities.

The partnership has come about due to demand from Telstra’s enterprise and cloud provider customers for low latency content delivery in Australia.

Telstra also operates PoPs at Equinix data centres in Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, Japan. This allows the telco to offer content delivery services to its international customers.

Equinix Australia's managing director, Jeremy Deutsch, said 375 cabinets will be available once the first stage of the 105,000 square feet ME1 facility is completed in December 2014.

Once construction is finished, the $66 million Tier III data centre will provide capacity of 1500 cabinets. Twenty new jobs will be created in early 2015 to run the facility.

“Telstra’s new PoPs will offer current Equinix customers additional network options for reducing latency and improving performance. We look forward to supporting Telstra as it continues to grow its business and market reach around the world,” Deutsch said in a statement.

In June 2014, Telstra Global expanded its telecommunications network services in Taiwan with the addition of two new PoPs to improve network reliability.

At the time,Telstra Global head of connectivity and platforms portfolio, Bernadette Noujaim Baldwin, said the country is an “epicentre” for exports and used by many of its Australian customers.

“The new PoPs will deliver greater speed and reliability for our Taiwanese customers, while reaffirming our commitment to serving the needs of multinational customers operating throughout Asia Pacific,” she said.

In May 2014, the telco established a network-to-network interconnection (NNI) agreement with GTS Central Europe, a fibre optic and data centre network provider.

GTS’ network has 27 PoPs in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Romania. These PoPs provide connections to 266,000 office buildings in the five countries.

According to Noujaim Baldwin, the partnership with GTS enhanced the company’s existing Internet Protocol (IP) virtual private network (VPN) service coverage of 1,900 PoPs in 230 countries.

Telstra Global has also added PoPs in Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam.

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