Telstra taps Ericsson for long-haul optical network upgrade

Ericsson has secured a deal with Telstra to help expand the telco's capacity in its long-haul optical networks.

Ericsson has secured yet another Telstra contract, announcing at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, that it will help Telstra expand the capacity on its metropolitan, regional, and inter-capital long-haul optical networks.

The company said the deal sees Ericsson shift from being the lead vendor for long-haul optical transmission to being the prime supplier for Telstra's metro, regional, and inter-city optical networks.

The company said that it will provide metro optical equipment and support for 100 gigabit-per-second transmission services as part of the deal. Ericsson said that the product will allow Telstra to save money as there will be less equipment required after the upgrade and through reduced power consumption.

"This technology evolution adds to our existing network foundation, and allows for an efficient evolution through significantly increasing capacity, reducing latency, and streamlining our operations," Telstra's executive director for networks, Mike Wright said in a statement.

The value of the deal was not disclosed.

Ericsson is arguably Telstra's biggest supplier, after being picked for the company's Next G and 4G rollouts. Last week, Telstra announced that it would begin testing the next evolution of mobile networks, Long Term Evolution Advanced (LTE-A), with Ericsson.