Sure taps telent for network upgrade

Created June 1, 2020
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Service provider Sure, which operates a network on the English Channel Island of Guernsey, has awarded a contract to telent for the upgrade of its network.

The major upgrade will see telent replace Sure’s existing 10G core network with a 100G Juniper Networks core network. This will allow Sure to deliver faster, more reliable internet connectivity to its consumer and business customers across the island as increasing bandwidth usage and data create unprecedented demand.

The network implementation will provide extra capacity for growth and will future-proof the network as growing and new technologies, including FTTH and 5G, are rolled out commercially. As a core network, it will also deliver increased capacity to London and Paris, connecting the islands to the rest of the world.

In addition, to ensure the integrity and security of the network is not compromised, telent will implement a joint Juniper-Corero Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) solution to provide real time, automated DDoS protection.

“The current situation is a clear reminder that telecoms are a key and growing component of our economy and daily lives,” said Sure Group CEO Ian Kelly. “This network upgrade is a significant long-term investment to ensure we can continue to meet customer expectations now and in the future. We are pleased to be working with telent which has a long history and strong reputation in the design, upgrade, build and maintenance of critical networks.”

As well as protecting the network, the Juniper-Corero solution will allow Sure to sell “clean pipes” – meaning DDoS protected circuits. This means that Sure’s customers will be able to benefit from enhanced connectivity performance while having additional assurance that the network is protected and secure. Work on the project has already started and is expected to be completed by early 2021.

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.