by AKANI CHAUKE
JOHANNESBURG – NETWORK congestion and service outages are set to be addressed as MTN Business begins the rollout of its software-defined networking in a wide area network (SD-WAN).
The rollout started on Monday to existing and new enterprise customers.
It follows the increased uptake of wide area networks (WANs) by businesses over time, which has resulted in congestion and outages.
Bandwidth requirements have also increased due to the development of more advanced applications, like high-definition video, placing WANs under even more pressure.
“The advantages of SD-WAN are undeniable,” said Sudipto Moitra, General Manager: ICT at MTN Business.
The executive said traditional wide area networks -based on Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS) – could not cope with the exponential increase in bandwidth, cloud connectivity optimisation and enhanced security needed to deliver against the increased data demands required by businesses today.
“In as much as other advances in technology have enabled entirely new ways of doing business, SD-WAN is a major plus for organisations wanting to do more with less, and those seeking to transform how they do business,” Moitra said.
The official said the availability of our SD-WAN would substantially lower WAN costs, reduce deployment times, offer application resiliency and provide robust security.
“Coupled with MTN’s superior network performance, we are confident that our SD-WAN offering will go a long way towards exceeding the connectivity needs of our customers, and help them simplify the management of their networks.”
MTN Business will roll out its SD-WAN offering in staggered phases,
starting with the entry level solution, and building onto this with new value-added services over time.
– CAJ News