China Telecom Global is one of the first telecom service providers to launch a SD-WAN service globally.

Edward Gately, Senior News Editor

September 15, 2017

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Software-defined networking

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China Telecom Global (CTG) has launched its SD-WAN service portfolio in partnership with Versa Networks, the provider of next-generation software-based networking and security services.

CTG, the global arm of China Telecom, is one of the first telecom service providers to launch an SD-WAN service globally. It allows direct and secure access to public cloud services such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon via backbone networks. The service also will be accessible via mobile devices.

CTG chose Versa as its primary vendor for SD-WAN and security (SD-security) to serve its global customer base.

CTG’s managed SD-WAN service is built on Versa’s suite of virtualized network and security functions (VNFs), allowing a software-based managed SD-WAN service that provides customers with “greater business agility and cloud-readiness through its application-level visibility, control and integrated set of security functions,” according to Versa.

“Today we are delighted to offer a new industry benchmark in enterprise network services for the new business world,” said Joe Han, CTG’s executive vice president. “CTG’s industry experience, along with the strengths of China Telecom, enables a fast, seamless, secure and on-the-go experience for our customers. SD-WAN is the future for businesses – especially SMEs – seeking greater access, capacity, speed and control. Together with Versa Networks, we are committed to the evolution of SD-WAN.”

This service offering now is available and it will grow to more than 30 global cloud gateways (PoPs) by the end of 2017 across Asia Pacific, Europe and North America, providing seamless coverage for its users. To date, nodes have been set up in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Paris, Frankfurt, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Mumbai. CTG also will extend the service coverage to major cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen by using China Telecom’s domestic resources.

“CTG is a pioneer in their vision for enterprise network services and we are delighted to be selected as their partner moving forward,” said Kelly Ahuja, Versa Networks’ CEO. “Our partnership enables customers to implement a fast, fully scalable and agile service as they continue to address business and technological challenges.”

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Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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