Australia’s largest telco has developed new “adaptive networks” for enterprise customers, comparing the release to the jump to 5G for consumers.

Telstra today launched its own adaptive networks describing them as “the future of Data and IP” and a response to the rapidly changing nature of enterprise networks and increasing bandwidth demands. 

The telco is essentially unbundling its connectivity and network access, giving customers more flexibility in how enterprises connect through Telstra fibre, NBN and Telstra’s mobile networks.

Telstra says it will give customers more choice and better performance as they shift to more remote work and digitised processes. The telco said its adaptive networks will improve the performance of hybrid networks, cloud applications, and SaaS.

Telstra says it has been working on the technology for over a year and will roll out a series of adaptive network products and services over the coming years.

“Adaptive networks really is all about setting Telstra off for the next decade or so,” said Telstra Group Executive Enterprise, Michael Ebeid.

“We’ve launched this first phase of adaptive networks to deliver that unprecedented level of flexibility for our Telstra enterprise customers.”

Ebeid said, like consumers, enterprise customers now expect more flexibility and less lock in contracts. Enterprise customers will still need to contract for new fibe builds but if infrastructure is already in place most adaptive network services will be month-to-month, no-lock-in contracts, or longer-term 12 to 36-month connectivity contracts with a minimum spend.

These are the main Adaptive Network solutions Telstra says it will offer:

  • Adaptive Connectivity: Flexible month-to-month, no-lock-in contracts with a choice of network and connectivity options, allowing customers to adapt their technology at speed as their needs change.
  • Adaptive SD-WAN: Investment in Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) capabilities to help customers harness the potential of hybrid networking, and smart integration of 4G and 5G with fixed networks.
  • Adaptive Core Networks: Investment in Telstra’s core networks, including expansion of Telstra’s flagship Next IP fibre network, Telstra Programmable Network, NBN connectivity and 5G to enable a move toward API-based flexible IT infrastructure.
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