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Windstream | June 02, 2021
Windstream Enterprise (WE), a provider of managed communications services, has announced new feature enhancements and hardware for its VMware-powered SD-WAN.
VMware's three new SD-WAN edge devices represent the company's next-generation technology, named a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure. These new edge devices provide improved performance with enhanced processors that offer additional functionalities and simplified design and deployment with less complexity. Windstream Enterprise will now provide customers with industry-leading SD-WAN technology due to the enhancements.
By integrating SD-WAN with security, the new SD-WAN edges assist in the evolution of the SASE (Secure Access Service Edge). MNS is deployed as a Virtual Network Function (VNF) on the VMware edge, providing unified threat management security for the SD-WAN network.
Customers will be able to access the MNS VNF using Windstream Enterprise's award-winning WE Connect portal to remotely self-service, view, and configure their VNF firewalls to enable the following benefits:
• View firewall details and policies to ensure proper network protection configuration.
• Manage web filtering policies, such as the ability to block specific URLs or categories depending on content.
• Policies for application control that protect employees from inappropriate, harmful, and unprotected apps
• Reports are generated automatically to review and audit online activity and potentially risky behavior.
Windstream Holdings is a communications and software company that is privately held. Windstream provides managed communications services, such as SD-WAN and UCaaS, and high-capacity bandwidth and transport services to businesses across the United States. In addition, with an enhanced fiber network and 5G fixed wireless service, the company provides premium Internet, entertainment, and security services to consumers and small and midsize businesses primarily in rural areas in 18 states.
BroadForward | February 08, 2022
BroadForward, provider of intelligent signaling software, announced it has successfully deployed multiple core network routing functions at 1NCE, the first provider of connectivity and software for IoT at a global flat rate. 1NCE is utilizing the BroadForward solution, enabling it to deliver cost-effective and flexible routing services for their worldwide cellular IoT network, and making its network ready for future demands of 5G and beyond.
According to analysts GSMA Intelligence, the global Internet of Things (IoT) market will be worth $900 billion in revenue by 2025. 1NCE is a market leader with over 7,000 customers and 10 million managed connections. They are a market disruptor, not only providing direct access to its networks and roaming partners via 2G, 3G, 4G/LTE, NB-IoT and LTE-M in over 100 countries worldwide, but also by offering a highly competitive flat rate IoT data plan.
The routing functions that run on BroadForward's converged signaling solution, support on-the-fly management of signaling scenarios across all SS7, Diameter and HTTP/2 IoT traffic. The solution supports combining these network functions on the same platform with other BroadForward network products, such as the SS7 and Diameter Firewall as well as the 5G SCP and SEPP. BroadForward has seen a major increase in demand for their solution. Operators cite various reasons for replacement of their legacy equipment, such as products declared End of Life (EOL), network rationalization and cost reduction, as well as High Risk Vendor (HRV) programs enforced by governments and regulators.
Although 5G is growing fast, most of our cellular IoT business is still on 3G and 4G. However, BroadForward helps us to meet future demands by allowing us to easily shift the traffic where it is needed. The cooperation is giving us more flexibility and enables us to rationalize and modernize at the same time – providing us with a converged solution that is future proof towards 5G and beyond."
Younes Allaki, Chief Technology Officer at 1NCE
BroadForward CEO, Taco Schoute added: "1NCE runs a completely virtualized core network and prides itself on being able to support customers swiftly on all supported network technologies. Whereas the life cycle of legacy products that are designed for specific technologies and use cases are by nature limited, the development of the BroadForward converged signaling solution is open-ended and continuous. Next to support for 2G, 3G and 4G containerized network functions, our solution already supports 5G and will continue to evolve to meet subsequent technology requirements. This approach also won us the 2021 GSMA Award for Best Mobile & Network Software Breakthrough."
BroadForward is leader in intelligent signaling software for 2G/3G, 4G/LTE, 5G, IMS, Fixed, Wi-Fi, IPX and M2M/IoT networks. Winner of the GSMA Global Mobile Award (GLOMO) for Best Mobile & Network Software Breakthrough and six-time Best Mobile Technology nominee BroadForward delivers core network products for routing, interworking, security and number portability, designed for convergence across legacy and next generation networks. Our active 5G roadmap supports service providers with their network transition to 5G NG Core, with the Service Communication Proxy (SCP), Binding Support Function (BSF), Security Edge Protection Proxy (SEPP), 5G EIR, 4G-5G interworking and multi-protocol signaling orchestration. All BroadForward products are hardware-agnostic and support network virtualization, OpenStack and cloud deployment. BroadForward's software development is entirely done in The Netherlands.
1NCE is the first provider of connectivity and software for IoT at a global flat rate – offering fast, secure, and reliable cellular connectivity and software services in more than 100 countries worldwide. 1NCE cooperates with Deutsche Telekom AG and its roaming partners to support all common mobile communication standards such as 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, NB-IoT and LTE-M. The 1NCE IoT Flat Rate is designed to last over the entire lifetime of an IoT device with a one-off payment. This makes IoT applications affordable and scalable for use cases like smart metering, asset tracking or vehicle telematics. The company – founded in 2017 by our CEO Alexander P. Sator together with Deutsche Telekom AG – is headquartered in Cologne, Germany and has 200 staff in Cologne, Hamburg, Amsterdam, London, Miami, Rome, Paris, Warsaw, Hong Kong, and Riga.
ADVA | January 28, 2021
ADVA today announced that the Saudi Telecom Company is turning out on-request virtual services utilizing ADVA's Ensemble set-up of organization capacities virtualization (NFV) innovations. The new general CPE (uCPE) offering is based on the Dell EMC Networking Virtual Edge Platform (VEP) 1405 arrangement running ADVA's Ensemble Edge Cloud NFV suite. Venture clients of STC, the biggest IT specialist organization in the Middle East, will have the option to rapidly and effectively access virtual services, including steering, firewall, WAN streamlining, IoT and voice applications. With the business' biggest environment of virtual organization capacities (VNFs) to browse, overseen administration clients can consequently empower new applications and services with no monetary danger.
“Today’s enterprises need to be agile. They require the freedom to mix and match the latest cloud technologies to seize new revenue opportunities in an instant. That’s what our new uCPE service is all about. It eliminates vendor lock-in and lets our clients experiment with best-in-class solutions that fit their specific needs and ambitions,” said Fahad A. Alhajeri, VP, digital solutions, STC. “By giving our customers quick and secure access to an unrivalled range of multi-vendor virtual technologies, we’re unleashing the full potential of businesses in this region. With the help of ADVA’s Ensemble NFV technology, we’re forging a path for our customers to a cloud-based future of on-demand services and rapid innovation.”
STC's new uCPE offering empowers organizations across the Middle East to choose virtual items from the Ensemble Harmony Ecosystem, a novel multi-merchant climate with unrivaled assortment and decision. It's based on the Dell EMC Networking VEP 1405 arrangement, a conservative, low-power uCPE apparatus reason worked to have VNFs and ideal for requesting SD-WAN applications. With ADVA's Ensemble Connector as the NFVI stage, numerous VNFs can run on a solitary uCPE. Other key segments incorporate Ensemble Orchestrator and Virtualization Director, which give a basic and powerful administration and organization (MANO) design, enabling STC to turn out secure virtualized services at scale.
STC’s uCPE service is ideal for connecting the enterprise to the cloud. Now businesses throughout the Middle East can leverage the power of virtualization and choose from the market’s widest range of onboarded commercial VNFs,” commented James Buchanan, GM, Edge Cloud, ADVA. “Our Ensemble suite’s MANO capabilities support the rollout of secure virtualized service across multiple locations with complete flexibility and scale. And, thanks to our Ensemble Connector’s zero-touch provisioning, STC can ship uCPE to a customer site and provision it securely with no need for technicians. With such rapid deployments and agile service creation at the network edge, STC is leading the way to the managed services of tomorrow.”
“By utilizing our Virtual Edge Platform 1405 series and ADVA’s Ensemble software, STC is giving its customers a simple way to respond to shifting industry demand,” said Drew Schulke, VP, Dell EMC Networking, Dell Technologies. “Working with ADVA, we’re empowering STC and its customers to digitalize their infrastructures. Now they can deploy solutions at the click of a mouse and harness advanced tools for boosting security, reducing costs and improving end-user customer experience.”
ADVA is a company founded on innovation and focused on helping our customers succeed. Our technology forms the building blocks of a shared digital future and empowers networks across the globe. We’re continually developing breakthrough hardware and software that leads the networking industry and creates new business opportunities. It’s these open connectivity solutions that enable our customers to deliver the cloud and mobile services that are vital to today’s society and for imagining new tomorrows. Together, we’re building a truly connected and sustainable future.
“Solutions by STC” is one of the largest technology and communications services providers in the Middle East. The company has a range of products and services that address the needs of consumers and businesses of all sizes. Solutions by STC has continued to build upon its core telecom position and offers innovative digital services and solutions for enterprises, including cloud and infrastructure services, network and security management services, Big Data and analytics solutions, and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions (such as fleet/asset management and mobile point-of-sale solutions).