Lumen Pioneers On-Demand Internet for an Instant Connectivity Boost

Lumen Pioneers On-Demand Internet for an Instant Connectivity Boost

By Greg Tavarez

Lumen serves as a global connectivity provider, igniting business growth through the connection of individuals, data, and applications. Their comprehensive range of services (spanning metro connectivity, long-haul data transport, edge cloud solutions, security measures and managed services) is dedicated to meeting the current and future requirements of their clientele.

Just three months ago, Lumen launched its Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) platform, a novel and innovative solution that allows enterprise customers to access Lumen’s global network on-demand, without the need for long-term contracts or complex configurations.

Lumen’s NaaS platform was designed to disrupt the telecom industry by providing customers with more flexibility, agility, and control over their network resources. A service within the platform is Internet-on-Demand, which allows customers to connect to Lumen’s network via a digital portal or an API and choose from various bandwidth and latency options.

The platform expanded from 23 data centers to 136 across North America, a telling sign that numerous organizations within various industries, such as healthcare providers and government agencies, are embracing this service for its quick, flexible internet connections, helping them meet their unique connectivity needs.

Through data center partners, Lumen has extended its NaaS reach to Digital Realty and Equinix Fabric customers in several key markets. These markets include Ashburn, Virginia; Atlanta; Chicago; Dallas; Los Angeles; Miami; New York/New Jersey; San Francisco; Seattle; and Toronto. With Lumen’s reach hitting many major markets across the U.S. and Canada, thousands of business customers have quick access to on-demand connections.

"In just a few clicks and minutes, businesses are getting an on-demand service in a simplified and differentiated way," said Andrew Dugan, Lumen Chief Technology Officer. "With every new data center and on-net enabled business location, we continue to build on our vision to cloudify traditional telecom and disrupt the industry. We're seeing customers across key verticals turning to our consumption-based Network-as-a-Service model to help solve their most pressing business challenges."

Lumen does not plan to stop there, though.

In 2024, Lumen NaaS plans to add additional features, including port activation and automation activation. Port activation indicates the ability to enable or configure network ports on-demand, streamlining network management and allowing for more efficient resource allocation. Automation activation enhances network provisioning and maintenance, increasing operational efficiency and reducing manual intervention.

These added features signify Lumen's commitment to providing its customers with a more flexible and automated networking solution, improving the agility and performance of their network infrastructure.

Other upcoming new NaaS services will include Private IPVPN, Ethernet Cloud Connect services and security services, such as DDoS and SASE.

Edited by Alex Passett
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