Ericsson: Telstra chooses Ericsson for its next generation optical network

  Ericsson: Telstra chooses Ericsson for its next generation optical network

  *Telstra selects Ericsson as its strategic supplier for its next generation
    optical network equipment and services
  *Telstra continues to differentiate itself through superior performance
    with Ericsson's and Ciena's optical networking
  *Telstra gets ready for Service Provider SDN and NFV with Ericsson

Telstra, Australia's leading telecommunications provider, confirms Ericsson
(NASDAQ:ERIC) as its continued supplier for optical transport equipment and
services. The agreement includes the supply of Ericsson optical transport
equipment and services as well as Ciena packet-optical platforms.

David Robertson, Director Transport and Routing, Engineering, Telstra says:
"We want to have one of the world's best optical networks and this agreement
will provide us with the ability to dynamically move and shape transport
capacity with the flexibility and scalability to streamline our network
operations. This will help us ensure a consistent satisfactory customer
experience, despite the demands for high traffic across different parts of the
transport network.

"The continued improvement of Telstra's optical technology will increase
bandwidth capacity and also lower latency which is of growing importance as
more and more operations move to the cloud," Robertson says.

This agreement also supports the introduction of sophisticated software
defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV)
functionality, which will form an essential path to deliver flexible and
scalable control networks.

By implementing cloud and real-time control capabilities of Service Provider
SDN and NFV, boundaries of the traditional data center can be transcended
without compromising quality

Håkan Eriksson, Head of Ericsson Australia and New Zealand says: "We have
worked with Telstra over a number of years to pilot the latest cloud
networking technologies incorporating SDN and NFV. The new agreement with
Telstra ensures that we can begin to introduce this functionality into the
Telstra transport network throughout Australia."

Ericsson signed a strategic agreement with Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) in February 2014
enabling Ericsson to sell and support Ciena's Converged Packet Optical
portfolio, and collaborate on the joint development of the Multilayer WAN
Controller.

"More so than ever, we're seeing the value of an ecosystem model prove out as
the transition continues toward networks that scale and adapt to network-level
applications and services," said Philippe Morin, senior vice president of
Worldwide Sales and Field Operations at Ciena. "We are delivering on that
promise through our partnership with Ericsson, bringing customers
best-in-class solutions that address the evolving requirements for open,
programmable, software-defined networks."

The agreement with Ericsson will mean Telstra will continue to deliver the
most reliable and best performing connectivity of any carrier in Australia.

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