APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE

Telenet Grows 4G, 5G and WiFi Networks with Sandvine Application Intelligence

Sandvine | November 11, 2021

Telenet, a leading mobile and cable broadband operator in Belgium, is driving its new "amazing customer experiences" campaign with the help of Sandvine's Application and Network Intelligence portfolio. Using a combination of real-time data, machine learning-powered analytics, and inline actions, Telenet is taming network congestion and creating high-quality application experiences across its networks by delivering innovative application and usage-based plans.

The multiyear deal means Telenet will tap Sandvine's suite of analytics-driven automation use cases to improve application performance across a growing universe of multi-access networks, devices, locations, users and ultimately 5G slices.

Bert Pelgrims, Tribe Lead Connectivity Platforms & Services, Telenet said: "The high degree of application and network intelligence we get with Sandvine's portfolio will not only reveal how our customers are experiencing applications, but will give us the context we need to further improve and monetize services as we transition to 5G and expand our Cable and WiFi networks. Our ONE-connection-total-freedom offerings —'ONE' and 'ONEup'—break down the barriers between mobile and fixed data usage, so visibility across all of our network traffic, and contextual awareness about subscribers' applications experiences, will help us enhance our digital services."

"This Application and Network Intelligence  expansion deal extends our long-term relationship with Telenet. We are proud to be a part of what has made Telenet a leading mobile and fixed digital services provider in its market, with a reputation for speed, security, reliability and privacy. By leveraging contextual and predictive analytics, as well as usage-based actions to secure and monetize applications, Telenet has been able to convert real-time data into higher quality application experiences and and revenue growth."

Lyn Cantor, CEO, Sandvine

This expansion includes Sandvine's ActiveLogic Hyperscale Data Plane powered by a machine learning-based traffic classification engine, Active Network Intelligence Portal, Insights Data Storage, and Maestro Policy Engine. It builds on Telenet's existing investments in the company's analytics, network optimization, and revenue generation use cases.

About Telenet Group
As a provider of entertainment and telecommunication services in Belgium, Telenet Group is always looking for the perfect experience in the digital world for its customers. Under the brand name Telenet, the company focuses on offering digital television, high-speed Internet and fixed and mobile telephony services to residential customers in Flanders and Brussels. Under the brand name BASE, it supplies mobile telephony in Belgium. The Telenet Business department serves the business market in Belgium and Luxembourg with connectivity, hosting and security solutions. More than 3,000 employees have one aim in mind: making living and working easier and more pleasant.Telenet Group is part of Telenet Group Holding NV and is quoted on Euronext Brussel under ticker symbol TNET.

About Sandvine
Sandvine's cloud-based Application and Network Intelligence portfolio helps customers deliver high quality, optimized experiences to consumers and enterprises. Customers use our solutions to analyze, optimize, and monetize application experiences using contextual machine learning-based insights and real-time actions. Market-leading classification of more than 95% of traffic across mobile and fixed networks by user, application, device, and location creates uniquely rich, real-time data that significantly enhances interactions between users and applications and drives revenues.

Spotlight

The Internet of Things (IoT) is emerging as one of the most significant developments of our era. This growing network of physical devices, vehicles and other items with Internet connectivity can collect and exchange rich data. The IoT is transforming how organizations of all sizes, in almost all industries, operate: in short, the Enterprise of Things (EoT) has arrived. Gartner forecasts that more than 20 billion connected things will be in use worldwide by 2020.1  KPMG says the projected value of IoT technology will be up to $6.2 trillion by 2025, while the McKinsey Global Institute predicts the IoT’s total potential economic impact could reach $11.1 trillion by 2025.2, 3 The EoT holds great promise, but it also exponentially accelerates the vulnerability of organizations to data breaches and cybersecurity threats. Connected devices can be a competitive edge for organizations (supporting innovation, new use cases and more efficient workflows) or a liability (introducing vulnerability to hacks and data breaches). For healthcare organizations to realize the full potential of the EoT, they must be able to confidentially and reliably transmit highly sensitive data between connected devices.

Spotlight

The Internet of Things (IoT) is emerging as one of the most significant developments of our era. This growing network of physical devices, vehicles and other items with Internet connectivity can collect and exchange rich data. The IoT is transforming how organizations of all sizes, in almost all industries, operate: in short, the Enterprise of Things (EoT) has arrived. Gartner forecasts that more than 20 billion connected things will be in use worldwide by 2020.1  KPMG says the projected value of IoT technology will be up to $6.2 trillion by 2025, while the McKinsey Global Institute predicts the IoT’s total potential economic impact could reach $11.1 trillion by 2025.2, 3 The EoT holds great promise, but it also exponentially accelerates the vulnerability of organizations to data breaches and cybersecurity threats. Connected devices can be a competitive edge for organizations (supporting innovation, new use cases and more efficient workflows) or a liability (introducing vulnerability to hacks and data breaches). For healthcare organizations to realize the full potential of the EoT, they must be able to confidentially and reliably transmit highly sensitive data between connected devices.

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IT SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT

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Palo Alto Networks | August 31, 2021

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DATA STORAGE

Dartpoints Upgrades Its Data Center in Greenville

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Verizon | January 28, 2022

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