Telstra has revised its supply agreement with Ericsson, adding three years to the existing partnership and including the provision Ciena pack-optical platforms to the former by the latter.

The contract builds on a deal signed at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February whereby Ericsson was appointed to supply optical transport equipment and services to the telecommunications provider.

The new arrangement includes support for the introduction of software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV) functionality.

According to a statement, the implementation of Cloud and real-time control capabilities of service provider SDN and NFC will transcend the boundaries of traditional datacentres without compromising quality.

Ericsson Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ) head, Hakan Eriksson, said, "We have worked with Telstra over a number of years to pilot the latest Cloud networking technologies incorporating SDN and NFV."

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"The new agreement ensures that we can begin to introduce this functionality into the Telstra transport network throughout Australia."

Telstra engineering transport and routing director, David Robertson, claims the contract will give the telco the ability to move and shape transport capacity with flexibility and scalability to streamline its network operations.

Ericcson partnered with Ciena in February, giving it rights 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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