Linking those big three in Link is a little tricky.
As one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators, Telstra can link the telco’s vast network of networks to the vast internet backbone that powers its broadband service.
But what happens when the telcos own a bunch of internet-connected devices?
What happens when a company that has access to a lot of network bandwidth suddenly decides to switch to using its own network to provide the internet connection?
The link between the telcoms network and the internet could be disrupted, leaving customers vulnerable.
And that could happen, says James Taylor, senior technology analyst at communications company Ovum.
So far, Ovum has seen only a small number of customers affected by a disruption in the link.
In fact, it says it’s seeing a “tremendous number” of customers reconnecting with the tels networks.
So how does Ovum’s OvumConnect work?
Voltage transfer is a process that involves two or more devices connecting together.
In this case, the devices connect via two different wireless networks.
When the devices reach a certain point in the spectrum, they are linked together by the energy of one or more of the wireless signals.
The devices also share a unique identifier.
Volsat, one of Australia’s major telcos, says it has linked up with more than 200 customers via this process.
“VolsaLink is a unique network, designed specifically for the needs of large-scale data centres, and is used by more than 1,000 Volsat customers,” the telnet provider said in a statement to the ABC.
“The link is robust and reliable, and we are confident that our customers can connect safely.”
Telstra is also working with another company to use the link, and it says the technology has not been tampered with.
“The TelstraLink™ technology is designed to deliver data-intensive and data-heavy tasks such as managing large amounts of data, or storing large amounts in the cloud,” the company said in the statement.
“However, it does not need to be fully automated, and cannot provide an endpoint to connect to, such as a telco server.
The Telesease™ technology provides an API to enable the Telstra link to be used in conjunction with existing Telstra servers.”
Teleservices.com, which has its own teleservice network, says its system is able to handle the vast majority of the Link load, though not all.
“While we cannot guarantee the full availability of the Teleserviced.com Link, we have managed to maintain 100% availability for the majority of customers,” a spokesperson said.
In the event of a link disruption, the Teleseaase™ is available to the customer, the spokesperson said, though it was not clear how many customers have actually used the technology.
But the ability to use Telesaase is not the only reason why Ovum believes a disruption to the Link link could be damaging.
It says it sees an increase in demand for its telesease technology, which could lead to “increased cost for customers”.
It also warns that if Telesase becomes uneconomical, it could mean a loss of jobs in the telesystem.
But what does Telstra know about the Link outage?
The telcos said it had been monitoring the Link network for any problems, and was working to restore normal operation.
Telstra says it will continue to monitor the Link and provide updates as needed.