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BT plans SD-WAN launch for early 2017

10 November 2016 | Jason Mcgee-Abe

BT is to invest more and integrate new technologies to its network services to better enable its customers’ digital transformation journeys to cloud-based IT consumption models.

These services will leverage BT’s existing IP and Ethernet VAN offering and will reinforce its network function virtualisation (NFV) and software-defined networks (SDN) ability to be “the leading global cloud services integrator for its multinational customers”, meeting their connectivity needs. BT has also selected Nuage Networks from Nokia to contribute technology for its future software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) service.

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"We aim to be the leading global cloud of clouds services integrator for our customers. As part of that strategy, we are now leveraging our expertise in SDN and NFV technology and using the breadth and depth of our global network infrastructure to enhance further our portfolio of dynamic network services,” says Chet Patel, president of global portfolio & marketing, BT.

“To offer more choice to our customers, we are constantly reinforcing an ecosystem of world-class partners. We are therefore happy to announce today that we will integrate the technology of Nuage Networks from Nokia into our SD-WAN offering. This is an important stage in a journey that will ultimately give BT customers unparalleled choice, security, resilience, service, and agility in the roll out of high performance networks designed for the age of the cloud."

The news follows the recent launch of BT Connect Intelligence IWAN, a managed service that enables organisations to automatically route and optimise network traffic and gain visibility of applications performance without spending more on bandwidth.

The initial launch of BT's SD-WAN service, incorporating Nuage Networks technology from Nokia, is planned for early 2017.

Topics: BT, investment, new technologies, NFV, SDN, SD-WAN, Nuage Networks, Nokia