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StarHub enhances its networks with SDN

Nurdianah Md Nur | April 28, 2015
The move will enable the Singapore telco to manage its networks more efficiently, as well as create and deliver customisable services quickly.

StarHub has announced that it is in the midst of enhancing its networks to better respond to its corporate customers' business needs.

The Singapore telco will be transforming its existing core and access networks to open, cloud-based networks using software-defined networking (SDN) technology from partners including Cisco and Huawei.

"The move will improve our ability to deliver bandwidth and offer customisable solutions to our corporate customers, helping them realise productivity, flexibility and innovation benefits," said Mock Pak Lum, StarHub's Chief Technology Officer.

SDN: a better way of managing networks
To cope with the rapid data traffic growth due to emerging trends such as cloud, Internet of Things and mobility, telcos are turning to SDN to better plan and manage their networks.

To reduce the complexity of coordinating various network elements to work together to create new services, telcos could apply SDN technology. By doing so, telcos could use a central standard execution software or application to control all of its network devices to deliver a wide range of real-time services or collaborate with multiple partners or vendors, thereby enabling business efficiency.

"SDNs are dynamic, manageable, cost-effective and adaptable, enabling operators to have a centralised view of the entire network," said Thiam Guan Ang, Managing Director for Cisco in Singapore and Brunei. "This leads to more effective control of how the network responds to application needs and offers secure, reliable and consistent experiences to their users on any device in any location."

Beyond network efficiency, the SDN architecture will also lay the foundation for future API interface-based application development. "The architecture will allow different providers to work together in open collaboration and innovation, which will contribute significantly into developing a vibrant local information and communication technology (ICT) ecosystem," said Gai Gang, President of Huawei carrier IP product line.


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