NTT Ltd., a global IT infrastructure and services company, and SES, a global content connectivity service provider via satellite, have announced a new multi-year partnership to use SES satellites to deliver NTT’s Edge as a Service to enterprise customers.
What is the market offering of the combined solution?
The deal will bring together NTT’s expertise in networking and enterprise managed services with SES’s satellite capabilities to deliver reliable connectivity to enterprises that must meet surges in connectivity demand or are based beyond the reach of fixed terrestrial networks.
Additionally, the unique offering combines NTT’s fully managed Private 5G and Edge Compute with SES’s second-generation medium earth orbit communications system – O3b mPOWER – to provide expanded and reliable connectivity. This solution is intended for companies operating in regions where terrestrial networks are lacking and enterprises wanting to leverage high-performance connectivity to increase their efficiency and grow revenue.
Through the combined versatility of Private 5G networks and satellite technology, this end-to-end solution is expected to propel industries – such as energy, mining, maritime, manufacturing, industrial, etc. – that have otherwise been limited by connectivity today and will need to ramp up their digital transformation plans and increase revenue streams.
Putting control and ownership back into the hands of the client the joint solution will deliver coverage to over 190 countries with public-private roaming. In addition to its Private 5G and Edge Compute capabilities, NTT will also provide use-case consulting and design, application development, system integration, implementation, and managed services, while SES will offer end-to-end satellite networks via O3b mPOWER that will be integrated with NTT’s offering.
What does the partnership mean for NTT?
“We are excited to embark on this journey with SES, combining our collective expertise to help businesses digitally transform and scale. As organizations grapple with the challenges of a rapidly changing world, it is now more important than ever to leverage the power of technology to drive growth and innovation,” said Miriam Murphy, CEO Europe at NTT Ltd.
“Private 5G is a transformative power that enables enterprises to build upon existing network infrastructure and deliver reliable, high bandwidth, and low latency connections for multiple use cases operating on a single Private 5G network. As our customers continue to innovate, network partners with the right skills and expertise will be critical to success in today’s competitive market,” said Olivier Posty, Country Managing Director Luxembourg, NTT Ltd.
“NTT’s Private 5G network-as-a-service full stack solution, delivered on-premises, at the edge, or as a cloud service, is complemented by NTT’s 24/7 remote monitoring services and a CIO self-service portal, ensuring that NTT’s full stack of Edge Compute services delivers actionable intelligence to drive processing efficiency and accelerate business performance.”
What does the partnership mean for the industry?
“This partnership between NTT and SES is an industry-first milestone at the whole industry level, combining massive amounts of expertise that both firms are bringing in each field, and the joint value proposition is ahead of the curve in terms of added value that will be provided to clients,” said Alejandro Cadenas, Associate VP of EMEA Telco Mobility Research, IDC.
“This will open great opportunities also in countries where 5G spectrum is not yet ready, enabling the transformation of companies at a global scale,” said Alejandro Cadenas added.
According to John-Paul Hemingway, Chief Strategy Officer at SES, the partnership is one of its kind as both firms jointly provide resilient connectivity solutions for customers worldwide.
“In addition to its low latency capabilities, O3b mPOWER’s best throughput and full flexibility on asymmetric or symmetric services will result in the integration and extension of terrestrial and satellite networks, enabling our clients to unlock the full potential of emerging tech like 5G, IoT, and cloud computing, and drive digital transformation across industries,” he said.
NTT’s Edge-as-a-Service offering includes IoT, Edge Compute, and Private 5G connectivity delivered by NTT across its global footprint. NTT’s Edge-as-a-Service is a unique, fully managed, integrated solution that accelerates business process automation, enabling enterprises to quickly deploy their applications more securely and monitor them closer to the edge, thereby reducing downtime, improving user experience, and optimizing costs.
This comes as firms are increasingly turning to tech to drive growth and innovation. Firms recognize the positive impact of high-speed connectivity and resilient networks on business operations, driving demand and fueling widespread digital transformation. By leveraging their respective strengths, NTT and SES are well positioned to provide customers with the innovative Edge as a Service solutions they need to succeed in a rapidly changing world.