SES to Enhance its Cloud-Based Network Automation

By Telecom Tech Outlook | Tuesday, August 13, 2019

To operationalize the first ONAP orchestration platform, SES join hands with Amdocs, this partnership will make a seamless network based on the satellite.

FREMONT, CA: The world-leading satellite operator SES, is planning to create an open, standards-based network automation and service orchestration platform, built on Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP). SES has chosen Amdocs for the network functions virtualization (NFV) technology.    

SES is using Amdocs NFV for SD-WAN on Azure for the very first time. ONAP is executed with Amdocs on Microsoft Azure, one of the flexible cloud services platforms supported by Microsoft’s expansive global network.

SES is collaborating with Microsoft Azure and Amdocs to send Telecom ONAP to the sky with satellite deployment. All three partners are serving in one way or another to make this project successful. The partnership is significant given SES’ satellite footprint and Amdocs' experience in developing LF Networking’s Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), as well as the global scale of the Microsoft Azure cloud.

SES has the vision to make a seamless network based on the satellite and to create an open, automated environment that allows customers to make and deliver services anywhere.

SES aims at driving an automated, virtualized service creation and delivery environment, enabling SES to serve its telecom, broadcast, corporate, and government customers with applications and technologies. This partnership will provide WAN optimization, SD-WAN, high security, Unified Threat Management (UTM) and other flexible and scalable cloud-based network services.

 “To be the first satellite network solutions provider to adopt ONAP is another example of how we are working diligently to make satellite a seamless part of the global networking, cloud ecosystem. With ONAP running on Azure, we are testing our first offering—an SD-WAN service—and plan to deliver a variety of applications such as analytics, security, optimization tools, and cloud edge/IoT platforms,” said J.P. Hemingway, CEO, SES Networks.

Now SES can more rapidly build network solutions that are powered by its fleet of Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) and Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites, including rural areas, out at sea or in the skies as well as in areas affected by disasters.