Telia Carrier launches SD-WAN service with Cisco’s Viptela

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Telia Carrier has launched a software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) service based on Cisco’s Viptela platform.

In 2017, Telia Carrier launched SD-WAN via its parent organisation, Telia Company. The new service aims to meet the growing demands of global enterprises in Europe, North America and parts of Asia.

“We see tremendous opportunities to help global enterprises with their digital transformation journeys through the ‘cloudification of networking’ – using a centralised, unified, cloud-based controller that covers the extended WAN environment, with the support of our backbone as the primary underlay and an award-winning customer experience,” said Staffan Göjeryd, CEO, Telia Carrier.

Hybrid models

According to Gartner, 60% of enterprises are planning to implement SD-WAN services by 2023, and more than 80% are planning to use a hybrid WAN combining multi-protocol label switching MPLS/Ethernet and the internet.

Telia Carrier says its modular SD-WAN service addresses this need while allowing customers to define their own levels of control. It is available as a fully managed or a co-managed model. 

“SD-WAN has the capability to deliver transformative results for organisations looking to harness the power of a cloud-based consumption model,” said Erin Dunne, Director of Research, Vertical Systems Group. “Telia Carrier has a unique advantage as the operator of one of the world's largest global internet backbones to simplify the adoption of SD-WAN using their established ecosystem. By combining the latest developments in SD-WAN with proven carrier solutions, Telia Carrier is addressing current migration challenges in this market.”

This latest launch is part of an ongoing collaboration with Cisco. Last month, Telia Carrier launched a 400 gigabit Ethernet (GbE)-ready network based on Cisco’s NCS 5500 routing platform. The network powers Telia Carrier’s global backbone network, which reaches more than 120 countries.