Versa Networks has announced a joint SD-WAN deployment with BringCom, a telecommunications provider focused on wholesale and retail telecommunications services in Africa. The BringCom-Versa initiative is designed to develop and deliver pan-Africa SD-WAN managed services.
BringCom has deployed Pan-African Ethernet and MPLS network services with its own regional hubs (PoPs) in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., London, Djibouti, Nairobi, Kampala and Lagos. The Versa Networks secure SD-WAN deployment will be implemented across several Africa locations, including multi-carrier connectivity spanning East and West Africa (in collaboration with SimbaNET and ISOCEL Telecom), with automated functionality, high performance and advanced flexibility. Versa’s FlexVNF software is showcasing SD-WAN connectivity integrated with diverse security services (separate FlexVNFs activated) inclusive of ordering and provisioning via BringCom’s SaaS portal. The Versa headend, monitoring and analytics capabilities are deployed in BringCom’s data centre facilities in Virginia initially, and then will move to East and West Africa for production-level traffic. Additionally, the BringCom-Versa project will utilise Versa cloud deployment capabilities and future iterations will instantiate any 3rd party VNF via FlexVNF service chaining.
“With the Versa deployment, we’re demonstrating the power of SD-WAN combined with network security and service providers looking to leverage high-performance virtual environments that rely upon totally automated and programmable WANs to deliver reliable communications services,” said Fabrice Langreney, President and CEO, BringCom.
“Our carrier-grade and cloud-native software makes it easy for telco managed service providers and SaaS operators to deliver secure software-defined branch connectivity to multi-tenant customers,” stated Atchison Frazer, worldwide head of marketing, Versa Networks. “The African continent is an important, fast-growing market for us, and SD-WAN will play an important role in helping enterprises and organisations provide better services, while boosting business continuity and economic growth throughout the continent.”