Telia joins the global ngena fibre network

Created January 28, 2019
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Telia has joined the shared global ngena network, which will see its enterprise customers being offered ngena’s fully managed SD-WAN services. In addition, ngena (Next Generation Enterprise Network Alliance) members will now be able to access Telia’s fibre services in the Nordic and Baltic regions through the group portal.

ngena provides enterprises with consistent data connectivity services, integrating all the alliance partners’ networks into a single global software-defined network (SDN), using cloud and virtualisation technologies.

Since ngena’s four founding members – CenturyLink, Deutsche Telekom, Reliance Jio and SK Telecom – launched the alliance in 2016, the body has grown to 20 international carriers.

Pernilla Wikman, head of global business at Telia Company, said: “Enterprises need modern data connectivity services without limits and boundaries. We are expanding our global software-defined wide area network portfolio by joining ngena, and by that we will be able to address our customers’ needs to an even higher grade.”

Alessandro Adriani, managing director at ngena, said: “The enterprise customers of all ngena partners will benefit from the world-class access services that Telia Company is providing in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Similarly, Telia Company’s enterprise customers will be able to leverage ngena’s SD-WAN solution and its global alliance coverage.”

Alongside this agreement, ngena has announced that it will operate one of its data centre hubs at the newly-opened Telia Helsinki Data Centre.

In other Telia news, Telia Carrier has added an additional point-of-presence (PoP) at the Equinix HK1 data centre in Hong Kong. The PoP enhances the local availability of high-speed IP transit, cloud connect, Ethernet and IPX services from Telia for operators, content providers and enterprises.

“Our customers constantly ask us to expand our presence in this region, driving the need to light up a second PoP in Hong Kong. This new PoP also extends our reach into all other Equinix sites in the city, increasing our reach to a total of five Hong Kong sites overall,” said Wee Kwan Ee, head of sales APAC at Telia Carrier. The company also recently signed up Unidata to expand its Italian network.

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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation