SFR deploying Cisco's network service orchestrator to improve network automation and reliability

Cisco says SFR, an Altice Group subsidiary, is deploying its network service orchestrator (NSO) to improve network automation, agility, and reliability. The deployment will shorten network services change management from months to minutes with automated on-demand services provisioning, says the company.

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) says SFR, an Altice Group subsidiary, is deploying its network service orchestrator (NSO) to improve network automation, agility, and reliability. The deployment will shortennetwork services change management from months to minutes with automated on-demand services provisioning, says the company.

SFR is leveraging Cisco's NSO to streamline lifecycle management for its services, and automate core functions throughout physical and virtualized networks for current and new customers. Cisco says this also accelerates time-to-market for SD-WAN and other new managed services, as well as application-driven, on-demand services.

According to Cisco, its NSO is a significant technology enabler for software-defined and intent-based networking. SFR will be able to use its NSO to accomplish the following:

· Upgrade networks and services for programmability by enabling SFR teams to efficiently manage their network services.

· Flexibly manage the network for assured quality of service for critical applications.

· Quickly deliver revenue-generating services and reduce activation times from months to minutes.

· Decrease manual configuration steps by up to 90% and automate service lifecycle.

· Leverage model-driven automation in a standardized approach to abstract services from the underlying devices.

· Enable transparent orchestration spanning multiple domains in the network, including NFV and SDN by using an open, programmable platform.

· Decrease failed service activations and network issues by removing human error risk.

Cisco says SFR plans to replicate these network automation practices in other Altice entities using its NSO to change the method for running across its fixed and mobile networks, accelerating digitization.

"Utilizing Cisco's leading network automation software allows us to bring a common API for our services across different networks in a simplified manner," said Christophe Delaye, SFR's CTIO. "As a result, enabling SFR to get back to what matters the most – supporting our customers' network automation requirements and enabling them to deploy new services quickly."

In addition to SFR, Cisco's NSO has been deployed by Telstra and Level 3 Communications as well (see "Telstra leverages Cisco network services orchestrator for Network of the Future initiative" and "Level 3 leverages Cisco Tail-f orchestrator for automated Network-as-a-Service").

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