Wednesday, 21 March 2018 00:26

Colt, Verizon claim world first with two-way SDN orchestration

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UK-based telecommunications company Colt Technology and US telecom Verizon say they have successfully showcased two-way inter carrier Software Defined Network network orchestration for the first time.

The two companies joined forces at an event in London to make what they claim was near-real-time bandwidth changes in each other’s production networks.

Colt and Verizon say this is the first time two-way network orchestration between carrier production networks has been demonstrated, and claim it marks an important step in enabling real-time cross-carrier automation.

Peter Konings, EMEA head of product development at Verizon, said, “Enterprise networking is in the midst of a revolution. Organisations today want intelligent, dynamic networks that respond automatically to their changing business needs."

“Before today, no-one has been able to demonstrate elastic flexibility across carriers. Today’s demonstration is the first time anyone in the world has been able to flex network capacity in both directions across network boundaries. This will be a game changer for enterprise networking.”

Mirko Voltolini, head of Network On Demand at Colt, said: “This showcase positively demonstrates the power of software defined networking and how increased adoption is putting operators and customers in control of their networks and services. Previously, closed systems have made interoperability between service providers extremely difficult.”


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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