Telstra has extended its new global Software Defined Networking (SDN) platform into the optical layer, enabling high-bandwidth provisioning up to 100G and automated fault restoration across its global Points of Presence (PoPs).

This follows on from Telstra's additional nine PEN PoPs to Pacnet's existing footprint of 16 PoPs across Asia.

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Telstra director of marketing, product and pricing international, Jim Clarke, said expanding the global PEN platform into the optical layer was the next step in its SDN strategy.

"By providing this infrastructure on demand, we're able to significantly shorten the provisioning cycle times and better meet our customers' growing high-bandwidth needs," Clarke said.

"We believe it's time for global networks to evolve. The applications of tomorrow require a different kind of network and this latest enhancement to the PEN Platform means we now have the capability to provide customers with on-demand provisioning of their network services up to 100G, whenever they want it and wherever they are based."

Clarke said the telco plans to extend virtualisation to its suite of managed services offerings.

The PEN Platform is built on Telstra's global network and the service is available globally in 25 PEN Points of Presence across eight countries including Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, US and UK.

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