Telstra is expanding its network infrastructure in the United States by nearly tripling its footprint at a primary data center in Ashburn, Virginia. The upgrade continues the global telecommunications and technology company’s ongoing efforts to support customers across the U.S. by making network investments and adding new points-of-presence (PoP).
The Ashburn expansion also adds extra layers of network resiliency to ensure Telstra customers experience stable connectivity in the event of natural disasters or network intrusions.
Telstra operates out of the Ashburn (DC21) facility, which is managed by its long-time partner, Equinix. The facility is focused on providing low-latency connectivity to and from Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. When completed in early 2022, Ashburn will be Telstra’s third core node on the U.S. East Coast.
“When it comes to network expansion, our goal is to meet people where they are,” said Nicholas Collins, president, Telstra, Americas. “Demand for international connections beyond the tri-state New York area and along the entire Northeast Corridor is growing. This Ashburn upgrade and the network capabilities it supports will greatly benefit the region’s expanding business and technology communities, as well as satisfy growing consumer demand for network connectivity.”
The Ashburn region is home to a diverse range of online commerce and cloud-focused companies, making it a perfect fit for Telstra’s established and developing technologies supported from the growing facility including SD-WAN, Ethernet Private Line (EPL), Global IP and IPVPN network options.
The Ashburn upgrade also supports Telstra’s global growth strategy. Telstra plans to add more than 70 Tbps of capacity across its international network by June 2022 to support customers’ growth plans. This investment, part of Telstra’s ongoing network expansion, will increase key routes between North America, Europe and Asia, with more than half of the new capacity within the Asia-Pacific region where demand from U.S. and Canadian businesses continues to be strong.
The Ashburn node will be fully interconnected with Telstra’s existing POPs in New York, New Jersey and California with easy access to cable systems on both coasts. The new installation also expands Telstra’s relationship with Equinix.
The two companies recently collaborated on enhancements to the Telstra Octagon capital markets network solution, and the DC21 site is fully integrated via cross-connection with the other sites on the Equinix Ashburn complex.