TT International and ULAK Communications have come together during the Capacity Middle East event, held between 28-31 March, to discuss partnership opportunities to market ULAK’s in house developed uMAYA SD-WAN product to enterprise customers in the international market.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 29 March 2022 – TT International (“TTI”), the international arm of Türk Telekom Group that handles all international data, wholesale voice and roaming business functions, and ULAK Communications A.S. (“ULAK”) collaborated regarding a new generation SD-WAN solution to meet the needs of international corporate customers. With uMAYA SD-WAN product – developed by ULAK Communication with the utilization of domestic software developed by Turkish engineers – TTI will support its corporate customers in the international market and manage their wide area networks in a secure, cost-oriented, innovative and efficient way.
Developer of Turkey’s first domestically developed 4G/LTE base stations, ULAK is now enabling enterprises to manage their networks with less effort while realizing all the benefits software defined networking has to offer. The uMAYA SD-WAN product includes the multi-tenancy feature needed in the corporate market, as well as critical features such as creating policies at the application level (application aware routing), determining a route to keep the service quality at the desired level, providing advanced record controls, and creating a high availability structure.
TT International offers high quality and full range communication services to its customers in a wide geography stretching from the Far East to Europe with its constantly evolving product portfolio. TTT International will incorporate ULAK SD-WAN into its product portfolio to reach its corporate customers abroad with a home-grown SD-WAN service.
TTI General Manager Şükrü Kutlu: “We are proud and happy to start our extensive work to present the uMAYA SD-WAN solution developed by our Turkish engineers to end users in the international arena and. to offer our customers this product experience within the framework of our cooperation with ULAK Communications. With the synergy we have created between our organizations, I believe we will increase our business impact by adding significant value to the digitalization journey of our customers.”
Zafer Orhan, General Manager of ULAK Communications: “As a result of our studies that started many years ago on SDN/NFV technology, which is the basis of 5G; today, we have achieved a very important success with our SD-WAN product, which we launched at the very beginning of SD-WAN commercialization. With TT International’s trust in our capabilities, we are proud to present our uMAYA SD-WAN product to the foreign market for the first time. TTI first started to use the ULAK SD-WAN product in its overseas network and then decided to use this structure in its own customer environments, expressing its trust in us in the best way possible. This cooperation between TTI and ULAK has also started a road to very important successes.”
Transtelecom JSC of Kazakhstan and Türk Telekom International of Turkey have agreed to cooperate within the TransCaspian Fiber Optic (TCFO) projectand signed a corresponding Memorandum. According to the document, TTC and Türk Telekom International will further continue to explore ways to work together to develop and strengthen the mutual cooperation between the Parties regarding the TCFO project. Furthmore, the Parties are also ready to discuss the planned volume of transit communication in the region.
“Accession of the world-class operator such as Türk Telekom International to the project confirms the feasibility and justifies the development of a new promising route that will connect the countries of Southeast Asia and the Middle East. It also provides an opportunity to access the infrastructure of the world’s submarine cable systems and to procure their reservation “, – highlighted Galikhan Mukhamed-Rakhimov who heads the TransCaspian Fiber Optic (TCFO) project in Transtelecom.
Türk Telekom International Group CEO Şükrü Kutlu commented “We are delighted to meet with our counterparts from Transtelecom Kazakhstan to discuss the progress in the region. Especially that of the ‘construction of a FOCL along the bottom of the Caspian Sea’ that is a major regional initiative to establish a transnational fiber-optic backbone targeting primarily the countries of Eurasia from Western Europe to Eastern Asia. Once implemented, the Caspian Sea Cable Project will enable a straight path with lowest latency in the region.Türk Telekom International has a lot to offer in the extension of the project towards Europe and the Middle East with its unique geographical positioning at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Our joint efforts with Transtelecom KZ and other key players in the region can provide a true asset in the region to satisfy the escalating capacity demands with low latency requirements in a secure manner.”
We remind that TCFO is a transcontinental project that aims to construct a fiber-optic communication line along the bottom of the Caspian Sea between Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. It will create a digital telecommunications corridor between Europe and Asia.
Project activities are undertaken by Transtelecom JSC, KazTransCom, and Azerbaijani telecom operator Azertelecom.
TTI is proud to announce the integration of KAFOS subsea cable connecting Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey via Black Sea to its existing network. KAFOS will boost connectivity and high speed telecommunication capacity between İstanbul and Bucharest and provide critical route diversity.
ISTANBUL, Turkey — March 03, 2021 — KAFOS (the Black Sea Fiber Optic System) is an unrepeated subsea telecommunications cable system that spans through the Black Sea connecting Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey reaching 504 km in length.
As of January 2021, İstanbul-İğneada-Mangalia-Bucharest section is fully operational and allows TTI to provide 8 Tbit/s capacity between İstanbul and Bucharest. In the next phases Varna section will be added for additional capacity increases.
TTI believes KAFOS subsea cable will have a significant role in providing seamless connectivity between Turkey and Europe, further emphasizing Turkey’s role as a communication hub between East and West and is very proud to integrate the cable system in its network.
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Microsoft edge node now available in Equinix’s IL2 Istanbul data center
ISTANBUL, Turkey — February 03, 2021 — Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the world’s digital infrastructure company, today announced a new Microsoft edge node, now available in Equinix’s International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) in Istanbul, IL2 in collaboration with Türk Telekom’s subsidiary TTI. This new deployment means Equinix customers in Turkey can access Microsoft Azure via the Microsoft global network and through Azure ExpressRoute remotely, via Equinix Fabric™. This allows customers in Turkey to accelerate their digital transformation through access to the full range of Azure Services including Hybrid + Multicloud, AI + Machine Learning, IoT and Windows Virtual Desktop.
Remote access to Azure via Equinix Fabric—an on-demand platform that enables Equinix customers to discover and dynamically connect to any other customer via Equinix’s global platform—helps digital leaders to transform their business as they connect to everything and everyone necessary to their company’s success. Utilizing the resulting predictable, flexible, and reliable network performance, enterprises can build comprehensive hybrid multicloud strategies to support today’s digital demand.
The new availability was established in collaboration with Turk Telekom International (TTI), which provided its connectivity and internet services to ensure the successful deployment of the Microsoft edge node at IL2. The partnership between Equinix, Microsoft and TTI, enables the provision of quality connectivity across diverse routes, to leading internet service providers.
Highlights / Key Facts
- Equinix customers across the world can also now remotely access Azure Regions via Azure ExpressRoute and Equinix Fabric through an easy-to-use portal and a single connection to the Equinix platform. These connections bypass the public Internet and offer reliable, faster connections to Microsoft Azure, helping customers to scale their networks to accommodate today’s escalating remote workforce demands and prepare for tomorrow’s business requirements.
- Secure connectivity to strategic cloud service providers, like Microsoft, is essential as digital transformation fuels higher demand for localized digital services at the edge. According to the Global Interconnection Index (GXI) Volume 4 a market study by Equinix, interconnection—the direct and private exchange of data between businesses—is enabling enterprises to gain a competitive advantage by integrating a wide variety of service providers, including networks, at the digital edge. This private connectivity is expected to increase by 5 times between 2019 and 2023 in the EMEA region.
- Equinix has been a Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform provider since June 2017. The designation recognizes the company’s ongoing commitment to helping enterprise customers worldwide achieve seamless, on-demand access to Azure and Microsoft Office 365. Equinix hosts 30 public Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute nodes globally, with dedicated experts advising customers across the Middle East including Turkey, U.S., Canada, Latin America, South America, UK, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
- Turk Telekom International is an official business partner of Equinix as an authorized reseller of Equinix products and services. Supporting the leading internet service providers in the region, as-well-as operators and enterprise customers, TTI provides essential connectivity infrastructure for businesses to succeed in the digital economy by deploying its robust network capabilities through the coordinated efforts of its international teams. TTI is providing Microsoft with point-to-point telecommunication paths on three diverse routes between IL2 and Europe. Furthermore, TTI’s resilient IP/MPLS network now enables businesses and Microsoft Edge to come closer to exchange information and services at IL2.
- Levent Özbilgin, Managing Director, Turkey, Microsoft:
“We are pleased to expand our relationship with Equinix, this time in Turkey with the provision of remote access to Microsoft Azure via Equinix Fabric. Equinix’s interconnection and data center platform will enable our customers in Turkey to build extensible hybrid cloud architectures, addressing today’s accelerated digital requirements, and emerging stronger in the months to come.”
- Şükrü Kutlu, Chief Executive Officer, Turkey, Turk Telekom International Group:
“To meet the increasing demands of the global business environment, we continually expand our product and service portfolio for our enterprise customers. We enable our enterprise customers to build flexible, reliable, and cost-efficient hybrid cloud architectures for improved business performance. We are excited to be the telco partner of Equinix and Microsoft in this project”
- Aslıhan Güreşcier, Managing Director, Turkey, Equinix:
“We are delighted to partner with Microsoft for the deployment of a new Microsoft edge node in our IL2 data center in Istanbul. The deployment will allow our customers to harness the unique capabilities of hybrid cloud, providing them with a more flexible, reliable and predictable network performance.”
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TTI CEO Mr. Şükrü Kutlu conducted a Q&A with Capacity Magazine on TTI’s efforts to turn Istanbul into a data hub.
How does TTI differ from its competitors in the market??
Its unique geographical positioning at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia data traffic is one of TTI’s main advantages in the market. TTI reinforces this critical advantage with its state-of-the-art network.
TTI has a terrestrial fiber optic network of approximately 45 thousand km and 114 PoPs across 22 countries. It has access to two submarine cable systems. TTI is a full member of the SEA-ME-WE-5 submarine fiber optic cable consortium connecting Europe to Asia, whereas it owns a private submarine fiber, the MedTurk, that connects Turkey, Middle East, and Europe.
Part of TTI’s vision is to continue expanding its infrastructure and provide alternative, high quality, high capacity and low-cost routes to its customers. As a result of this vision and despite all the challenges presented by the global pandemic, TTI successfully completed two major investment projects in 2020.
One of these major investment projects is the TTI New Backbone, connecting Sofia, Budapest, and Vienna through two different protected routes in Europe with endpoints in Edirne and
Frankfurt, each with a fiber network of over 3,000 km. The new backbone is fully operational as of end of 2020 and provides high speed and quality service to our customers at more affordable prices.
The second project is the integration of KAFOS subsea cable to TTI network. KAFOS is a subsea telecommunications cable system that spans through the Black Sea connecting Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey reaching 504 km in length. The cable system is fully operational as of January 2021 and allows TTI to provide up to 8 Tbit/s capacity between Istanbul and Bucharest. KAFOS subsea cable will have a significant role in providing seamless connectivity between Turkey and Europe.
TTI will continue to expand and update its network in the future as its network in addition to its unique geographical positioning is what makes TTI stand out among its competitors.
How do you see the future of connectivity business? Is TTI equipped to face the future?
Internet ecosystem has undergone a tremendous change with the entrance of content providers as key players. This new challenge forces TTI to go beyond the core business of international capacity transport and add value to its infrastructure with new services that can meet the needs of the current Internet landscape.
TTI’s versatile IP product portfolio is designed to this end. TTI offers IP products to international service and content providers, to enable them to reach Istanbul using TTI’s infrastructure and to host their servers in TTI’s Istanbul Data Center. Alternatively, customers and content providers can take over these IP services in major European Internet Exchange Points (IXP) and datacenters or in datacenters in Turkey, as close as possible to the desired IP eyeballs. TTI provides access to Türk Telekom’s extensive IP network to fulfill coverage needs of content providers, which accounts for more than 66% of the Internet market in the country.
Major global cloud and content providers have already commenced operations in Istanbul via TTI’s IP products and robust network capabilities such as 4 diverse fiber routes from Western Europe into the main datacenters in Istanbul.
TTI extended its IP product portfolio to various border crossings of Turkey, by providing IP Transit services on the same quality level as Türk Telekom’s national network. Finally, TTI’s partnerships with DE-CIX and Equinix allow it to provide dedicated private connections to cloud providers.
To sum up, TTI will pursue its main vision of providing international capacity and will strive to expand its infrastructure to serve as a bridge carrying international traffic between the East and the West and bringing content closer to users. In addition, we will seek to find new ways and services to add value on our infrastructure as similar to the achievements of IP, IP transit and cloud services. I believe this is how we make TTI a company equipped to face the future and turn Istanbul into a data hub.