LightReading features ngena

Mar 22, 2018

“ngena has created an über-network” - article in

This week, the independent online news portal for the global communications networking and services industry, Light Reading, has published an article based on an interview with ngena founder and Managing Director Marcus Hacke. The article features Light Reading founder Steve Saunders, stating, what “ngena has done is to create an über-network that connects the networks from a dozen Tier 1 carriers around the world, including major players such as Deutsche Telekom, Reliance Jio, SK Telekom, MTN and CenturyLink. Enough carriers, in fact, to give this “network of networks” almost ubiquitous global coverage.”

Saunders continues to evaluate the current status-quo of virtualization technology in the industry and states: “As I’ve said previously, our industry has completely failed to deliver on the promise of software-based virtualization that it made around half a dozen years ago. Back then, service providers were told to expect an open and interoperable, free-market virtualization ecosystem that would enable them to pick and choose the best apps and services, for the best price, and run them over an NFV infrastructure from whoever they preferred. What we’ve ended up with is the exact opposite — a market where carriers have less choice than they did in the 1990s, back when Ethernet and IP ruled the roost. ngena is the natural corollary to that industry fail state: a pragmatic, workable solution to a set of massive virtualization challenges that, had we stuck to the basic principles of telecom — standards, interoperability, certification — would never have happened.”

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The author

Jörg Wassink

From August 2017 until June 2019, Jörg was the Head of Marketing at Frankfurt-based telecommunications start-up ngena, the ‘Next Generation Enterprise Network Alliance’, where he is responsible for building a global brand for the international telco alliance. Before joining ngena, he worked as Head of Communications Central Europe at British Cloud software vendor Sage Group plc for more than 10 years. From 2004 to 2007 he acted as Director Internal & External Communications at British telco operator COLT Telecom. Jörg, who holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy and Comparative Literature, started his career as a journalist for the German IT-business magazine iCONOMY. 

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