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TelstraClear Upgrades Core Network With Industry Leading Technology

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TelstraClear Upgrades Core Network With Industry Leading Technology

27 April 2009 - TelstraClear has completed a 40 gigabits per second intercity connection as part of a multi million dollar upgrade of its Next IP network.

The 40Gbps link between Wellington and Christchurch is next generation, world leading technology and the first of its kind to be implemented in New Zealand. It follows two paths, one on land the other by sea cable. Highlighting some of the engineering demands of the project, the single longest unrepeated fibre span is around 200km long.

It provides two significant benefits - full back up for TelstraClear's customers and increased capacity as demand for broadband continues to sky rocket.

"This link is a first for New Zealand. The project is a credit to all those that have worked on it. We have been dealing with new technology and breaking new barriers throughout the upgrade," Chief Operating Officer Kevin Millar said.

"The 40Gbps capacity is the top speed in the market for long haul services and will be essential to some key customers who run their own networks within the Next IP network."

TelstraClear has invested nearly $10 million in this upgrade project which has also lifted the core network from 2.5Gbps to a fully resilient 10Gbps capacity. The link between Auckland and Wellington is now live and taking traffic.

The project 'future proof's' TelstraClear as the demand for broadband continues to rise exponentially. Broadband demand comprises around 80% of network traffic, a 400% increase in just three years.

Demand shows no signs of abating with TelstraClear signing 41% of all new broadband connections in New Zealand in the first half of the current financial year.

"This allows us to meet the current and anticipated demands on bandwidth and ensure that the Next IP network continues to provide what we consider the best broadband experience for New Zealanders," Mr Millar said.

The final phase of the project will see the metro ring around inner Christchurch upgraded from 1Gbps to 10Gbps and it is anticipated to be finished by the end of July.

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