Verizon strikes NBN Enterprise Ethernet reseller deal

The local arm of US telco giant Verizon has signed a reseller deal with NBN Co to supply the National Broadband Network (NBN) builder’s Enterprise Ethernet offering to its local customer base. 

The move gives Verizon Australia’s local customers, the bulk of which are government entities and private sector enterprises, the ability to combine NBN Co’s business-oriented broadband product with Verizon’s own services, such as Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Virtual Network Services (VNS).

“This agreement provides choice and competition that hasn’t existed on this scale before. Businesses, particularly those outside of the major cities, deserve access to the globally recognised, best in class services and capabilities that Verizon offers,” Robert Le Busque, Verizon’s regional managing director in Australia, said. 

“A robust network is the backbone of any business, and particularly today, where digital business is the norm, and organisations are increasingly looking for scalable, flexible network capacity to support global growth. 

“Verizon is pleased to be able to present a compelling alternative to Australian enterprise and government businesses,” he added. 

For Verizon, the deal marks a new milestone in its 20-plus year history in Australia, which has seen the company named among the panellists on the australian Federal Government’s Whole-of-Government Telecommunications Services Panel. 

The move sees Verizon join a handful of existing NBN resellers, including Telstra, Vocus and TPG, already offering the Enterprise Ethernet product, which is aimed squarely at the high-margin business market. 

NBN Co launched the wholesale enterprise product, which offers symmetrical speeds of up to 1Gbps and premium customer service, in October last year. At the time, the network builder said that its Enterprise Ethernet connections are designed to be built on request and feature a point-to-point fibre connection.

“This wholesale product has been developed with the specific needs of global enterprise and government organisations in mind. It is capable of delivering the service required by businesses that use data-intensive applications such enterprise network systems and cloud-based solutions,” NBN Co chief customer officer for business Paul Tyler said at the time. 

At launch, the product was touted as being packaged with a premium service-level agreement between NBN Co and retail service providers (RSPs) to provide faster resolution of faults as well as to encourage RSPs to offer an increased service experience for mission-critical applications. 

Verizon steps up cyber fight with new Threat Intelligence Platform service

Verizon had launched a new subscription-based offering, dubbed Threat Intelligence Platform Service, which aims to enable customers to better hunt and confront cyber threats head-on.

The service combines cyber-threat intelligence from Verizon’s 11-year Data Breach Investigations Report series with cyber-situational awareness from the telco’s Threat Research Advisory Center, which tracks threats across its own global IP backbone.

“This threat intelligence is delivered via the Anomali Threat Platform to offer current information on cyber-threats,” said Verizon.  These can then be analyzed by consultants from Verizon’s professional services team in-situ at the customer’s site.

“Depending on the level of service desired, they can identify threats early in the cyber-kill chain and determine the best course of combative action,” Verizon said.

“We’re taking cyber intelligence to the next level by opening up our cybersecurity data to businesses around the world,” said Bryan Sartin, Verizon’s executive director of security professional services. “Verizon operates one of the largest global IP networks, which gives us a wide view into a large portion of the world’s data traffic.”

“When you cross reference this with intelligence gleaned from over a decade of analysis from our DBIR series, it provides a treasure trove of cyber-intelligence that is hard to beat,” Sartin said. “This new Threat Intelligence Platform Service places the ability to hunt out cyber threats firmly in our customers’ hands.”