Deutsche Telekom has joined with service providers CenturyLink, Reliance and SK Telecom to form a global alliance to deliver large scale network services to enterprise customers in international markets.
The new group will seek to bring its collective scale to bear to minimise red tape and release its members to create innovative and dynamic new enterprise services quickly.
Cisco has also joined as a strategic technology partner, and will enable members to share network assets.
The Next Generation Enterprise Network Alliance (NGENA) plans to launch international network services for business customers in the first half of 2017. It said it expects 20 additional service providers to join the alliance “at full global deployment”.;
NGENA is to be established as a separate company under independent management. Its foundation is still subject to applicable merger control clearance.
Timotheus Höttges, CEO Deutsche Telekom, said: “Complex individual contracts and ordering processes have no place in a digitised world. Services based alone on the public internet are not secure or reliable enough for real-time applications such as logistics, manufacturing and telemedicine.
“A network without sufficient service quality is a risk that customers do not want to take. That’s why our alliance aims to provide multinational enterprise customers with a secure, powerful, global network service faster than before.”
Through software defined networks, virtualisation and cloud technologies, the network assets of all alliance partners will be combined to create a global "next generation network", the group said.
The Ethernet protocol, a global standard, will ensure their networks are compatible, creating a common global grid. The physical and virtual network assets will be managed through hubs in Europe, America and Asia using automated provisioning.
NGENA will target multinational companies seeking to purchase telecoms services from a single source. The alliance will define unified service levels for its entire global grid, so instead of separate agreements in different countries customers can be served by a single point of contact within the alliance.
The group said enterprise customers will receive an improved service in terms of its speed, flexibility, security and quality. NGENA said its members’ services will be efficient, with fast provisioning even in remote places.
Chuck Robbins, CEO Cisco, said: “In today’s digital economy, strategic partnerships are more critical than ever to drive fast innovation. NGENA is a pioneering alliance among leading service providers to deliver globally consistent, cost-effective and flexible services, allowing them to deliver better experiences at a faster pace.”