Telstra's Hong Kong-based Global division has signed a new network-to-network interconnection (NNI) deal with Polish telecommunications and data centre provider, GTS Eastern Europe, in a bid to extend its European footprint.
The new agreement will see Telstra Global's Central and Eastern European service broadened thanks to GTS' 27 points of presence (PoPs) in cities across the region, including Prague, Bucharest, Warsaw, and Budapest.
GTS' metropolitan footprint provides connectivity to over 26,000 enterprise office buildings and 14 data centres across five countries — Poland, Czech, Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania.
According to Telstra, it will enhance the Global division's existing IP VPN service coverage of more than 1,900 PoPs in 230 countries and territories around the world.
"Telstra Global is focused on providing services to large multinational companies that are growing both across Europe and Asia," said Bernadette Noujaim Baldwin, Telstra Global's head of connectivity and platforms portfolio.
"We're seeing demand for data connectivity throughout Europe and into Asia continuing to grow as an increasing number of European businesses look abroad for long-term growth opportunities, which is why we are leveraging GTS' deep network footprint to extend our service coverage.
"When you combine our new Central and Eastern European sites with the PoPs we recently added in Western Europe — including Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam — Telstra is now well placed to help European organisations gain greater competitive advantage in their local operations and connect with growth opportunities in the Asian market too."
The new agreement comes as Telstra Global releases a number of new products, including its infrastructure-as-a-service-based cloud nodes, which provide service in London, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Australia.
"We're getting a lot of demand from customers that want to go to those nodes from Europe and the US as well as Australia and Asia," said Noujaim Baldwin.
Telstra Global's deal with GTS comes two months after its parent company joined forces with Cisco to launch its own cloud service, becoming the first global partner for the Cisco Evolved Services Platform.