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Expand Networks Optimises Satellite WAN Link for Norfolk Island, Improving Business Communications for Population

Integrated WAN Optimisation technology accelerates all applications and reduces satellite costs by $80,000
  • 16 April, 2009 09:06

<p>Sydney, AUST., – 16th April, 2009 – Expand Networks, the Leader in Optimising WANs for Branch Office Consolidation and Virtualisation today announced that Norfolk Telecom, Norfolk Island’s sole telecommunications provider, has implemented Expand Networks’ WAN optimisation technology, saving $80,000 per year in satellite bandwidth costs and boosting bandwidth across the territory by as much as 100 per cent.</p>
<p>Norfolk Island is a self-governing territory of Australia and home to about 2,000 people. Norfolk Telecom maintains the territory’s network of around 2,500 landlines as well as a prepaid mobile network, internet services and the satellite communications network. With only one airport and no railways, waterways, ports or harbours – the island’s remoteness and dependence on distant suppliers of goods and services, alongside its growing tourist industry means that residents and businesses are heavily dependent on a telecommunications infrastructure which was burdened by bandwidth and capacity limitations.</p>
<p>Steve O’Brien, Vice President of Expand Networks APAC explains; “With all of Norfolk Island’s voice and data communications dependant on parallel satellite links, there are few aspects of life and business that are not reliant on Norfolk Telecom’s ability to prioritise traffic over the WAN. They were looking for a way to ensures acceleration of all applications on the network to maximise the island’s virtual proximity to the rest of Australia. We introduced a combination of compression, TCP acceleration for web traffic and web and FTP caching to deliver immediate improvements in bandwidth and traffic speed. The result was an overall increase between 25 and 50 per cent in bandwidth available across the network – up to 100 per cent in some areas.”</p>
<p>Stuart Robertson, Chief Technology Officer Technical Officer – Network and Systems of Norfolk Telecom added; “Expand’s technology has enabled us to improve our service offerings, doubling the bandwidth we can offer and reducing the latency experienced by customers when using internet based services. We have cut costs by avoiding the need to upgrade our satellite links and the ease of use, quality of service and priority traffic functions of the Expand accelerator ensures our remote location does not inhibit the function of key community services.”</p>
<p>Expand Networks’ Accelerators use low latency, lossless techniques that work on all applications to consistently deliver average bandwidth increases between 100 per cent and 400 percent. Expand's Quality of Service (QoS) enforcement also ensures that applications run unimpeded on the WAN, enhancing prioritization with sophisticated algorithms to combat congestion, mark packets for downstream QoS handling and rate control shaping to make sure data flows get the bandwidth they need.
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<p>About Norfolk Island and Norfolk Telecom Norfolk Island is located in the Pacific Ocean between Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia. It covers just over 34 square kilometres and was settled in 1856 by descendents of the Bounty mutineers who moved there from Pitcairn Island. Today Norfolk is a self-governing territory of Australia and home to about 2,000 people. Norfolk Telecom is a Government Business Enterprise wholly owned and operated by the Administration of Norfolk Island.</p>
<p>About Expand Networks
Expand Networks is the pioneer and leader in the WAN Optimization market and is positioned by Gartner Inc. in the ‘Leaders’ quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers, 2007[i]. Expand helps organizations simplify their IT infrastructure while delivering remote offices fast, reliable and secure access to networked applications. This results in improved user productivity and cost-effective IT management. Expand offers a multi-service integrated platform that ensures superior performance for any application over any network. From its headquarters in Roseland, NJ and its global locations, Expand Networks (www.expand.com) serves more than 3,500 enterprise and public sector customers in over 100 countries including: American Express, Bacardi USA, BMW, Continental Airlines, Carr America, Colgate, Elizabeth Arden, Reed Exhibitions, Target and United States Department of Defense with over 40,000 units deployed and over 2,000 MS Terminal Services and Citrix customers. Expand is the largest supplier of WAN Optimization products to US Government and Military agencies (greater than 6,000 units) and also has the most units deployed at a single corporate location, (4,500).</p>
<p>Expand Networks, Accelerator, Expand Compass, ExpandView are trademarks of Expand Networks. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Gartner Research “Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers 2007” by Andy Rolfe and Joe Skorupa. Published December 14, 2007. Report ID Number G00153256</p>
<p>Press Contact:
Brooke Radich
Kinetics PR
02 9212 3848
brooke@kinetics.com.au</p>

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