NTT partners SES to improve Edge-as-a-Service and Private 5G offering
- NTT and SES to deliver satellite-based edge and private 5G network solutions to enterprises
- The two companies will jointly go to market with a fully managed edge and private 5G solution including expanded coverage through satellite.
Edge-as-a-Service enables organizations to have access to networks, operations and edge computing for real-time automation and processing. For most organizations today, processing data at the edge would mean better insights, especially when it comes to meeting customer demands.
Simply put, with Edge-as-a-Service, SaaS providers gain access instantly to an edge deployment model for their solutions. This means they do not need to build or manage their own edge network. However, there are some challenges to Edge-as-a-Service. The biggest one would be linked to network coverage. As it collects data and produces insights in real-time, the network for Edge-as-a-Service needs to be the strongest.
And when it comes to the network, the main challenge would be providing seamless coverage, especially in areas that are away from fixed terrestrial networks. Apart from that, Edge-as-a-Service could also experience surges that require the network to support its demand.
As such, NTT, a provider of Edge-as-a-Service to enterprises, has announced a multi-year partnership with SES, a leading global content connectivity service provider via satellite. The partnership will bring together NTT’s expertise in networking and enterprise-managed services with SES’s unique satellite capabilities to deliver reliable connectivity to enterprises.
Utilizing SES’s O3b mPOWER and NTT’s fully managed Private 5G and Edge Compute, the solution is intended for companies operating in regions where terrestrial networks are lacking and enterprises wanting to leverage high-performance connectivity to increase their efficiency and grow revenue. Through the combined versatility of Private 5G networks and satellite technology, this end-to-end solution is expected to propel industries – such as energy, mining, maritime, manufacturing, industrial, etc. – that have otherwise been limited by connectivity today and will need to ramp up their digital transformation plans and increase revenue streams.
According to Miriam Murphy, CEO of Europe at NTT Ltd, as organizations grapple with the challenges of a rapidly changing world, it is now more important than ever to leverage the power of technology to drive growth and innovation.
For John-Paul Hemingway, Chief Strategy Officer at SES, the partnership is one of its kind as both companies jointly provide comprehensive and resilient connectivity solutions for customers around the world.
“In addition to its predictable low latency capabilities, O3b mPOWER’s best throughput and full flexibility on asymmetric or symmetric services will result in the seamless integration and extension of terrestrial and satellite networks, enabling our customers to unlock the full potential of emerging technologies like 5G, IoT, and cloud computing, and drive digital transformation across industries,” he said.
Perfecting Private 5G and Edge-as-a-Service
The joint solution will deliver coverage to over 190 countries with public-private roaming. In addition to NTT’s Private 5G and Edge Compute capabilities, NTT will also provide use-case consulting and design, application development, system integration, implementation, and managed services, while SES will provide end-to-end satellite networks via O3b mPOWER that will be seamlessly integrated with NTT’s offering.
Olivier Posty, Country Managing Director Luxembourg, NTT Ltd explained that private 5G is a transformative power that enables enterprises to build upon existing network infrastructure and deliver reliable, high bandwidth, and low latency connections for multiple use cases operating on a single Private 5G network.
“As our customers continue to innovate, network partners with the right skills and expertise will be critical to success in today’s competitive market. NTT’s robust Private 5G network-as-a-service full-stack solution, delivered on-premises, at the edge, or as a cloud service, is complemented by NTT’s 24/7 remote monitoring services and a CIO self-service portal, ensuring that NTT’s full stack of managed Edge Compute services delivers real-time actionable intelligence to drive processing efficiency and accelerate business performance,” added Posty.
NTT’s Edge-as-a-Service offering includes IoT, Edge Compute, and Private 5G connectivity delivered by NTT across its global footprint. NTT’s Edge-as-a-Service is a unique, fully managed, integrated solution that accelerates business process automation, enabling enterprises to quickly deploy their applications more securely and monitor them closer to the edge, thereby reducing downtime, improving user experience, and optimizing costs.
The partnership between NTT and SES comes as organizations are increasingly turning to technology to drive growth and innovation. Organizations recognize the positive impact of high-speed connectivity and resilient networks on business operations, driving demand and fueling widespread digital transformation. By leveraging their respective strengths, NTT and SES are well-positioned to provide customers with the innovative Edge-as-a-Service solutions they need to succeed in a rapidly changing world.
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