Lumen Technologies has launched its Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) platform with its flagship service, Lumen Internet On-Demand, which offers customers radical flexibility in how they buy, use, and manage networking services. According to Lumen, this move aims to disrupt the telecom industry by cloudifying traditional telecom and putting the customer at the centre of the NaaS platform.
"We have been preparing for this moment for a long time, building a world-class telecom network with state-of-the-art fibre, broad coverage and unsurpassed route diversity and scalability," stated Lumen. "Lumen's Network-as-a-Service offering takes the next step to deliver on our customers' networking dreams: the ability to fire up any port, with any service, at any time. It's your network, your way."
Some key features of Lumen NaaS include:
Flexibility: Customers can fire up any port, with any service, at any time, giving them the ability to customize their network according to their specific needs.
Expansion Plans: Lumen plans to expand the NaaS platform to include security services such as DDoS, SASE, and Edge services, making it a comprehensive and fully digital solution.
Digital Experience: Customers can use a digital portal or APIs (Application Program Interface) to order Lumen Internet On-Demand and other future services for instant internet connections to public data centres and business locations.
Scalability: Lumen offers the ability to scale capacity in minutes, allowing businesses to adapt to changing demands quickly. Internet speeds from 100 Mbps to 10 Gbps
Consumption-Based Billing: The platform offers a consumption-based billing model, where customers pay only for the time services are active, starting at hourly rates.
Real-Time Visibility: Customers have real-time visibility into service performance and network usage, enabling better monitoring and management.
Lumen said it is also collaborating with key partners - including data centre, cloud, technology and managed service providers - such as AWS, Digital Realty, IDC and others to maximize impact and reach within the NaaS ecosystem.
Overall, Lumen's NaaS platform appears to be catering to the evolving needs of the market by providing a customer-first approach and empowering enterprises to consume, manage, and upgrade their networks more efficiently.