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Ericsson Wins Australian Optical Transport Contract

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Australia's Telstra has confirmed Ericsson 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.

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

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."

Financial terms for the contract were not disclosed.

Ericsson signed a strategic agreement with Ciena 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.

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