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GTT launches uCPE to improve SD-WAN offering

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GTT Communications has expanded its SD-WAN service by adding the capability to run multiple network applications on a single universal customer premises equipment (uCPE) device.

uCPE enables more cost-effective and efficient delivery of network services, including centralised management of software updates and more flexible service customisation.

“GTT is advancing its portfolio of cloud networking services with new functionality. We will continue to expand our SD-WAN offer with additional features on uCPE to connect our enterprise clients to any location in the world and every application in the cloud,” said Rick Calder (pictured), president and CEO, GTT.

GTT will use virtualised network function (VNF) technology to deliver such services as SD-WAN, firewall and WAN optimisation, on the same uCPE device, eliminating the requirement to deploy multiple hardware devices at a single client site.

“Consolidating network functions such as routing, firewall and WAN optimisation on a single device lowers hardware costs and improves agility by making it easier to manage remote offices and roll out new networking services,” added Cliff Grossner, executive director of research and analysis, IHS Markit. “Our research findings indicate that interest in uCPE is growing strongly from enterprises that want to automate management of their edge connectivity and is an increasingly important element used by service providers to deliver SD-WAN.”

GTT SD-WAN provides direct connectivity to various cloud service providers across its Tier 1 global IP network. In addition, it has 600 points of presence on six continents and established relationships with thousands of network suppliers that enable GTT to deliver redundant last-mile connectivity options around the globe.

Back in July, GTT entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire KPN International, a division of KPN N.V., for approximately €50 million.

KPN International operates a global IP network serving enterprise and carrier clients and the €50 million cash deal, which is on a cash and debt-free basis, will help to expand the global cloud networking provider’s network scale and market footprint in Europe.