On January 23, 2018, the telecommunications industry gathered for the inaugural Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) Innovation Awards ceremony, a special gala at PTC’18 in Honolulu, recognizing outstanding individuals and organizations that are making a difference.
One award that drew a lot of attention this year was “Best Networking Innovation,” which went to PacketFabric, a NantWorks company, for its on-demand transatlantic Connectivity-as-a-Service (CaaS) collaboration with Aqua Comms DAC (“Aqua Comms”). PacketFabric also took home “Best Application/ Service Innovation” for its CaaS solution.
The PacketFabric and Aqua Comms offering is a first-of-its-kind, allowing small customers to purchase transatlantic subsea capacity on-demand. The solution brings together PacketFabric’s SDN platform with Aqua Comms’ transatlantic subsea cable network, America Europe Connect-1 (AEC-1). PacketFabric makes it easy to consume network services through its Software-defined Networking (SDN) platform, while Aqua Comms provides subsea capacity over its cable system. PacketFabric also provisions low-latency and secure transatlantic capacity, extending the reach of its disruptive SDN platform across Europe with the help of Aqua Comms’ subsea cable network.
“We are honored to have our CaaS platform recognized by PTC as the ‘Best Networking Innovation’ and ‘Best Application / Service Innovation,’” stated Jezzibell Gilmore, SVP of Business Development at PacketFabric. “Our innovative platform redefines how companies procure, consume and manage their network connectivity services. Our on-demand transatlantic CaaS offering, developed in collaboration with Aqua Comms, makes subsea connectivity easier to consume, not only for Over-the-Top content providers, multinational corporations and global enterprises, but for organizations of any size.”
PacketFabric’s platform offers real-time and dynamic connectivity services at terabit-scale between major carrier-neutral colocation facilities by leveraging an SDN-based network architecture that is fully-automated and built with the latest in packet switching and optical technology. The offering is similar to modern, cloud-based architecture. Networking services are also available on a per usage or monthly basis, therefore eliminating the need to buy fixed capacity circuits over long-term, inflexible contracts. The offering, it should be noted, helps SMBs future-proof their networks and is strategically designed to scale to handle petabits of capacity.
“Aqua Comms’ submarine cable system delivers advanced, high-quality and reliable connectivity from New York to Ireland with diverse backhaul fiber to additional Points of Presence in the U.S., Ireland, and the U.K.,” said Nigel Bayliff, CEO of Aqua Comms. “As part of this new strategic offering, Aqua Comms utilizes the PacketFabric platform to extend the reach of its service footprint across the U.S., enabling customers to purchase subsea capacity easily, cost-effectively and on-demand.”
PacketFabric’s network, which is highly scalable, enables coast-to-coast connectivity across more than 150 colocation facilities in 17 different U.S. markets. Regardless of their size, PacketFabric customers can gain near-instantaneous access to transatlantic capacity over AEConnect from any location on a secure and private network.