PacketFront Software Appoints new CEO

This week, change agent and business builder Jonny Wetterborn was appointed as PacketFront Software’s new CEO.

With over 25 years’ experience in the software space and a background in business growth and expansion, with a commercial touch, Jonny was inspired by PacketFront’s competitive and innovative market portfolio.

Over the past 20 years, the Swedish-based OSS and BSS solution provider PacketFront Software have grown to become a major player in this field and are looking to accelerate their growth outside of the Nordics. They have brought Jonny in to execute on this mission.

Jonny commented on his future at PacketFront:

“What really hooked me about PacketFront was my initial meetings with PacketFront’s chairman Tom O’ Hagan. Tom has a compelling ambition and vision to grow the business and so commands change and acts accordingly.

“It is his vision to transform the company to more aggressive growth that excites me about this opportunity. I feel confident with the company’s vision and am honoured to receive this chance to operate and execute on this plan together with the existing organisation and Board of Directors.”

PacketFront Software and Keypro sign partnership

Stockholm and Helsinki

PacketFront Software, which develops and sells network orchestration solutions for carriers and AltNets, has signed a partnership agreement with Keypro Oy. The agreement covers the distribution of PacketFront Software products in Finland.

Keypro is a well-recognised supplier of GIS solutions in the telecoms market, both in Finland and abroad. PacketFront and Keypro have had technology co-operation for a number of years and this step will further strengthen the relationship and demonstrates the importance of being able to provide larger, integrated product portfolios to the market.

See more about the combined PacketFront and Keypro solution at:

https://www.keypro.fi/en-gb/pfsw-automatic-provisioning

Broadway Broadband opts for PacketFront automation to support their mission of keeping challenging areas connected

Swedish-based software provider PacketFront is delighted to announce their latest partnership with Broadway Broadband, to expand its reach from the Nordics into UK markets.

Broadway Broadband are a Liverpool-based network operator who specialise in connecting rural communities to the rest of the UK – even for the most geographically challenging areas. The network provider work to ensure ultrafast broadband speeds using the best technology, suited for specific locations.

To help them on this journey, Broadway have partnered with PacketFront Software to support their network growth through the use of their Business Support System, BBE and network orchestration tool, BECS. The key element of this solution is the support for wholesale models, which will enable Broadway to offer third party services to expand their customer’s freedom of choice for services.

Broadway Broadband’s CTO Barry Weaver commented on the partnership:

“With the help of PacketFront Software we will reach a new level of customer service excellence by ensuring both fast network build-out and enhanced service delivery speeds, while keeping our operational costs to a minimum. By making this move we aim to meet and exceed the high expectations of our customers, partners and investors”.

Lloyd Warn, Senior Account Director at PacketFront responded to this statement:

“We are excited to work with Broadway Broadband to support their efficiency and expansion plans for the future. Broadway Broadband is a prime example of our growing customer base in the UK and are proof that making the UK our second home market, after the Nordics, is the right move”.

Virtual1 acquires PacketFront the network orchestration software company

 Leading UK Connectivity and Cloud provider Virtual1 is delighted to announce the acquisition of PacketFront Software, providers of network orchestration solutions for complex multi-vendor residential, enterprise and MPLS networks.

Founded in 2001, the Swedish based software house delivers efficient network automation solutions for telecom operators, city carriers and enterprises in more than 20 countries, including Virtual1.

Virtual1 founder and CEO Tom O’Hagan: “Virtual1 have worked closely with PacketFront for a number of years, and they have been a key partner in the creation of our market leading Software Defined carrier network (SDN) strategy. Acquiring PacketFront helps to secure the intellectual property that we have heavily invested in, as well as recognising how critical orchestration software is to the future of both Virtual1 and the wider industry.”

O’Hagan continued “Whilst PacketFront will join the Virtual1 group of companies, it will continue to operate as an entirely stand-alone organisation from Virtual1. It will maintain its own distinct brand, customer base and senior leadership team. This acquisition will give the team at PacketFront the financial investment to more rapidly open up new markets within the UK and internationally.”

Timo Kuusela, VP of Sales at PacketFront Software echoed these sentiments: “We are very excited about being part of the Virtual1 family and now expanding our business into the UK market as well as other territories. Having helped FTTP providers get to market quickly and operate efficiently across the Nordics, we see a very exciting opportunity with the new wave of FTTP suppliers emerging in the UK.“

About Virtual1

Virtual1 Empower businesses with a network built for the future. They operate the UK’s largest wholesale-only network, built for simplicity and success with high capacity, low latency, and advanced software architecture. Privately connected to market leading UC, SIP, and Cloud solutions, our users enjoy top-notch security and guaranteed levels of performance.

By combining state-of-the-art technology and a team of the industry’s best, we provide businesses with customisable, automated, streamlined connectivity. And our award-winning 1Portal puts control of it all in our partners’ hands, so they can quote, order, and manage their customers’ solutions with ease.

About PacketFront

“Since 2001, PacketFront Software has delivered efficient automation solutions for telecom operators, city carriers and enterprises in more than 20 countries. Their multi-vendor network orchestrator, BECS, provides true end-to-end network automation – enabling functionality such as zero touch configuration and automated service provisioning for all IP networks. It also offers a seamless migration from legacy networks to SDN and NFV.”

Gamma Telecom Selects PacketFront’s BECS Network Orchestrator

PacketFront Software, a leading network orchestration solution provider, announced today that Gamma Communications PLC (LSE:GAMA), a leading UK communications provider, has selected PacketFront Software’s BECS network orchestrator to automate Gamma’s multi-vendor connectivity network.

“We are known in the market for the quality and reliability of the services we provide. We came to see during the evaluation of the BECS platform that it provides us with automation tools that serve our customer needs with great speed and precision” says Tony McKenzie, Head of Architecture Gamma.

“We are proud that Gamma have selected BECS after a thorough technical evaluation. This demonstrates once again, the unique values we can bring to operators wanting to streamline operations.

This agreement also demonstrates that the UK is becoming one of our key markets and we predict continuous growth in the UK marketplace, not only in the segment of communications operators, such as Gamma, but also within a very dynamic FTTH space”, says Jan Kettnaker, CEO PacketFront Software.

PacketFront becomes a member of the Intel Network Builders Winner’s Circle

PacketFront Software has been awarded a partnership in Intel’s Network Builders Winners’ Circle program with the following motivation:

“As a member of the Intel Network Builders ecosystem, PacketFront Software has contributed to the acceleration of network transformation by working closely with Intel and our ecosystem and we recognize your contributions by awarding PacketFront Software in our Winners’ Circle Program as a Partner”

The award was presented at the SDN NFV World Congress 2019 event in the Hague, the Netherlands.

More information about the Network Builders ecosystem:

https://networkbuilders.intel.com/

Intel’s PacketFront introduction:

https://networkbuilders.intel.com/ecosystem/packetfront-software

 

PacketFront introduces new BBE features for City Carriers

PacketFront Software announces new BBE functions to support City Carriers’ operations and interaction with Service Providers.

Service Providers can now manage customer address registers, service provisioning and troubleshooting via Hubory’s web portal. This means, for example, that service providers can access multiple open access networks via a single interface rather than working directly in operators’ systems or using manual processes. The integration between Hubory and BBE also improves GDPR compliance as no customer sensitive information is sent over the interface.

The second new feature is a report suite to accommodate City Carriers’ requirements for standard reporting for various purposes, such as:

  • Service Provider invoicing
  • Follow-up of economic data
  • Statistics

Even if standardized, it is easy to select what information is presented in each report.

The report suite reduces the need for customized reports and makes sure that all templates are fully tested and supported in new software releases. As a result, the already smooth software upgrade process becomes even faster than today.

PacketFront Software and Mintly Oy sign Partnership

PacketFront Software, which develops and sells Network Orchestration solutions for Data Centers, Service Providers and Campus networks, has signed a partnership agreement with Mintly Oy. The agreement covers distribution of PacketFront Software’s products in Finland.

Mintly provides the latest knowledge and solutions within data networks, security and infrastructure to ensure innovation, reliability and providing a competitive edge for its customers. Mintly has established partnerships with leading technology companies to operate high quality Data networks and information security solutions.

This partnership further strengthens Mintly’s product portfolio by including PacketFront Software’s BECS orchestrator, which provides network automation to achieve cost efficient operation, service innovation and elimination of human errors. BECS offers e.g. an out of the box solution, for Juniper based Data Centers and MPLS networks.

PacketFront Software and SEC Datacom AS sign partnership

PacketFront Software, which develops and sells solutions for MPLS VPN and Data Center network orchestration, has signed a partnership agreement with SEC Datacom AS. The agreement covers distribution of PacketFront Software products in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.

SEC Datacom is a well-recognized distributor and competence center supporting Telecom and Datacom operators with a large product portfolio consisting of leading vendors. The partnership further strengthens the portfolio by including PacketFront Software’s BECS orchestrator, which automates the build-out and operation of networks. For example, BECS provides support for Data Center underlay and overlay configuration. The result is error-free, fully documented networks meeting high SLA requirements.

GDPR Support in Latest Versions of BECS and BBE

BECS and BBE, new functionality included for GDPR compliance

In the recent BECS 3.14.0 and BBE 2.1.0 releases we have added a number of functions to support GDPR. The main features are:

  1. An operator can easily remove sensitive end-user data. By using the GUI or APIs in these products, the operator can swiftly remove data when an end-customer has requested to be forgotten once their service(s) has terminated.
  2. The newly introduced Person Data Report in BBE collects current and historical information about end-customers and can be presented in an organized format if requested by an end-customer.
  3. For operators using registration via portal service, new functionality in the Service Selection Portal (SSP) API allows an operator to choose whether sensitive end-user data is stored in the BBE database or is only relayed to a Service Provider.

Professional Services assistance

Operators needing assistance with BECS or BBE upgrade are welcome to contact PacketFront Software’s Professional Services. The team can advise and assist as system configuration may need to be updated in BBE in order to follow the GDPR regulation. Please visit https://pfsw.com/contact-us/ for full contact details.

What is General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

The GDPR is a comprehensive regulation that unifies data protection in all EU countries. It will directly apply in all EU member states from 25 May 2018. The GDPR has a very broad territorial scope and will apply to any organization that manages the personal data of individuals who are based in the EU, regardless where the organization is registered. The GDPR requires organizations to implement reasonable data protection measures to protect the personal data of consumers and employees against data loss or exposure. To achieve that goal, the law regulates all areas related to data management and processing, from obtaining user consent to setting up company-wide data protection practices and handling data breach incidents.