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Telstra first to use world’s largest router

Tech and Innovation

Posted on July 11, 2014

2 min read

As the demand for data continues to grow exponentially, one of my biggest challenges is to make sure Telstra’s network keeps pace with these demands – both now and into the future.

Consequently, we have been working closely with a number of our world leading technology partners including Cisco Systems, Inc to develop the next wave of highly powerful and efficient routers.

This close collaboration between our two companies has helped to develop and now deploy the world’s most powerful router, the Cisco NCS6008, on Telstra’s Internet Direct (TID) network. The Telstra Internet Direct network connects our enterprise, government and Wholesale customers to the World Wide Web.

Our new super router is currently managing traffic on the busy Melbourne to Sydney path and makes Telstra the first Telco in the world to enable live network traffic on the next generation of routing technology.

A very big router
Pictured: The world’s largest router

It has the power to process one Terabit per second (Tbps) throughput per card which is more than three times the throughput capability of our current core router. It also provides us with the ability to scale our network to meet the future needs of our customers as well as providing more reliability.

In addition to the increase in capacity, the NCS6008 makes a more efficient use of our transport infrastructure and offers a simplified operational management compared to the current technology.

While the router is large in a sense that it can do so much, it is actually smaller in relative size for capacity and carbon footprint than our current core router and consumes 60 per cent less power per gigabit of traffic.

From an operational and reliability perspective, it will reduce the amount of service interruption time when we have to make necessary network changes by half, thanks to a faster boot up and software update process.

So what does this all mean? To put it simply – with the new super router, our network is able to process more data a lot faster. Speeds of 8Tbps mean you could download 2,857 hours of video or, 200,000 MP3 songs, or run 125 million concurrent high quality VoIP calls –in just one second.

We are now looking to deploy the NCS6008 across our International Gateway sites and progressively across other national routes.