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SPTel, a joint venture company of ST Engineering and SP Group has launched the new Software Defined Network (SDN) for enterprises in Singapore. Offering flexibility, scalability, resilience and “everything-as-a-service” capabilities, the business-class digital network enables rapid response to changing and dynamic business needs, while improving total cost of ownership.

The cloud-like network offers customers, versatile, on-demand services including bandwidth and network security, while enabling edge computing and storage, as well as Internet of Things (IoT) implementation. By provisioning services on an “as-needed” basis, end users pay only for the bandwidth and services required, instead of overprovisioning capacity for occasional peak usage.

“SPTel is redefining the role of the modern network provider, leapfrogging traditional network vendors by leveraging the latest technologies. 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,” said Titus Yong, Chief Executive Officer of SPTel.

Secure And Intelligent Network

In addition to services on demand, the SDN also provides proactive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) detection and automated mitigation services. Its in-built DDoS detection provides real-time alerts so that users can subscribe to DDoS mitigation when needed. The additional just-in-time, network protection services include virtual firewall, virtual web application and virtual secure email protection. The built-in network Artificial Intelligence (AI) monitors the network, auto-reroutes traffic on detection of disruptions, and has the ability to self-heal from disruptions.

To address the need for business agility, the SDN management dashboard provides improved network visibility and control for users. By digitalising the order and provisioning process, users enjoy faster turnaround times with appointment setting and resource checking which is completed automatically. Changes, such as re-configuring bandwidth, can be completed in hours, instead of days.

Multi-Access Edge Cloud And IoT

The SDN, coupled with SPTel’s unique fibre pathways, ultra-low latency network and edge cloud computing abilities, will support and accelerate the digitalisation efforts of businesses in Singapore, enabling agile activation of edge cloud computing resources at SPTel’s pervasive hubs for IoT deployments.

With the developing trend towards building container-based microservices for IoT solutions, container applications can be pushed seamlessly and quickly over the network to the nearest edge computing resource for rapid deployment of IoT applications. This is useful for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) initiating their IoT deployments.

To date, SPTel has partnered with several SME IoT service providers to materialise smart city initiatives such as contactless temperature sensing, smart bins and utility tracking. By working with these solution partners on a common IoT deployment platform supported by the SDN, SPTel aims to build a 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 Yong.

 

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