SPTel has announced the availability of their new Software Defined Network (SDN) to offer ‘everything-as-a-service’ capabilities for enterprises in Singapore.
The joint venture company of ST Engineering and SP Group will provide a cloud-like network designed to give customers flexibility, scalability and resilience.
“SPTel is redefining the role of the modern network provider, leapfrogging traditional network vendors by leveraging the latest technologies,” said Titus Yong, the Chief Executive Officer of SPTel.
With versatile, on-demand services like bandwidth and network security, the business-class digital network enables edge computing, storage and Internet of Things (IoT) implementation.
“Our leading-edge digital solutions will shape the market with new innovative and sustainable commercial models, ultimately delivering an end-to-end network solution that drives better total cost of ownership for customers,” added Mr. Young.
Following the trend of subscription services and as-a-service models, SPTel’s new solution will be provided on an ‘as-needed’ basis where end users only pay for the bandwidth and services required while rapidly responding to changing and dynamic business needs.
Leveraging on SPTel’s unique fibre pathways, ultra-low latency network and edge cloud computing abilities, the digital services provider will look to drive digitalisation plans of Singapore businesses.
For businesses looking to rapidly deploy IoT devices through container-based micro services, the SDN can quickly push container applications over the network to the nearest edge computing resource.
Noticing the trend towards smart cities and IoT, SPTel has partnered with a number of SME IoT service providers to materialise smart city initiatives such as contactless temperature sensing, smart bins and utility tracking.
Supported by the SDN, SPTel aims to build a common IoT deployment platform and community of IoT solution providers to deliver a more integrated, agile and cost-effective smart nation suite of solutions.
SPTel’s IoT-as-a-Service and edge cloud can be further enhanced with SDN, as additional sensors, connectivity and computing power can be provisioned quickly through the management dashboard.
“All of this can be provisioned on a utility basis, so customers can scale their IoT deployment as requirements grow without hefty upfront investment,” explained Mr. Yong.
In addition to SPTel’s new SDN capabilities, they have also integrated an SD-WAN solution with the management dashboard to give customers additional visibility over their network utility, manage network traffic and configurations, even for employees working on their home networks, which is especially important during pandemic-induced remote working.
This will extend their secure corporate network environment to the home, removing the need for additional VPNs and improve productivity of segregated teams. This provides customers with a one-stop management dashboard for full control over their ICT applications, a first in Singapore.
“Beyond the platform, a skilled workforce with the relevant expertise and competencies to operate the new technologies and specialised processes of the SDN is critical,” said Mr. Yong.
To enable this future, SPTel has committed to grooming local tech talent in Singapore by accelerating their professional development through programmes such as the Company-Led Training Programme under the Infocomm Media Development Authority’s TechSkills Accelerator initiative.
Currently, SPTel has 54 professionals undergoing training under the CLT, with a plan to train another 59 by 2021.
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