In a global alliance, Telekom, Century Link and other companies plan to provide business services to corporate customers from next year.
At the Mobile World Congress 2016, Telekom will be presenting the “ngena” project together with other partners. The providers CenturyLink, Deutsche Telekom, the Indian provider Reliance and the Korean SK Telecom want to provide services for international business customers from the first half of 2017 with “ngena” (Next Generation Enterprise Network Alliance). The project should be run as an independent company. However, the competition authorities still have to agree to the founding. The technology partners want to gain 20 more partners in the next few years.
What’s new in comparison to other telecom alliances is that ngena will act as an independent company, providing all its alliance members with network access in their respective markets.
As a technology partner for ngena, the alliance relies on Cisco. Cisco will provide cloud and virtualization technology for the platform. We will then market this cloud platform in a “sharing economy” model, something that has not yet been available in the wholesale network business.
The target group of the corporate network are corporations and SMEs that require secure and reliable global networking. Through ngena, Allianz partners can provide customers with high security, flexibility and quality network coverage with international coverage.
With the help of Network Functions Virtualization, the services should be particularly efficient and also available in remote regions. “Complicated individual contracts and order processes no longer have any place in the digitized world,” adds Timotheus Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom AG. “Services based solely on the public Internet are neither secure nor reliable enough for real-time logistics, manufacturing and telemedicine applications. A network without adequate service quality is a risk that customers do not take. Therefore, our alliance aims to provide multinational enterprise customers much faster, than ever, with safer, more powerful and global network services. ”
The ngena merger aims to provide Allianz’s partners with a modular portfolio. In order to connect subsidiaries or branch offices economically. The alliance partners receive services for Virtual Private Network (VPN), APM (Application Performance Management), WAN / LAN management and optimization, Unified Communication & Collaboration (UCC), security or industry applications such as retail WLAN analytics.
Ngena customers will also benefit from growing convergence and rapid adoption of cloud technologies and Software Defined Networks (SDN), the alliance partners say.
The Cisco technologies connect the different networks of the providers. In addition, it should be ensured via Ethernet that the networks of the various providers are also compatible with each other. Furthermore, a common global network with hubs in Europe, America and Asia is planned. This means that the Allianz partners can serve users on different continents with consistent service levels without having to conclude their own contracts for each country or region.