Telstra opens A$50M IP network lab

Telstra has launched a A$50 million (US$38 million) laboratory in Melbourne, Australia, to test its new IP network which is slated to deliver data and voice services to some 5.3 million customers in five years.

The Telstra Integration Laboratory was officially opened by chief operations officer Greg Winn, who said it is a key part of the company's partnership with global suppliers to accelerate the roll out of its new IP-based core network.

The new IP network is based on fiber optic cable and will supplement the traditional PSTN core network.

"It will deliver multiple services at lower costs and faster speeds, driving information over a fiber optic core network which will have 77 times greater capacity," Winn said. "The new laboratory will conduct end-to-end testing of the IP network and associated new products, enabling their smooth integration into Telstra's network."

Telstra's global partners - Alcatel, Cisco, Juniper, Tellabs and Ericsson - have equipment and teams on site at the laboratory to test and deploy the new technology.

"This laboratory is one of a kind - it contains a unique combination of next-generation equipment and technology, and on-site expertise from global partners to deliver the best outcomes for our customers," Winn said. "Industry leaders who normally compete with each other are now working side-by-side to build this new IP network and transform the way our customers work, communicate and access information and entertainment."