HKT (SEHK: 6823) – HONG KONG, November 30, 2021 – HKT has joined forces with Fortinet, a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, to help enterprises accelerate cloud adoption and digital transformation securely in today’s increasing cyber threat landscape with the introduction of Asia Pacific’s first 5G-enabled SD-WAN joint solution with the new 5G FortiExtender.
Fortinet was named a Leader in the 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for WAN Edge Infrastructure, and is also a 2021 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for WAN Edge Infrastructure for the second year in a row. HKT has been the pioneer in digital transformation leveraging emerging technologies such as cloud computing, IoT, AI, and more. Together, the two parties will offer enterprises secure, reliable, high capacity and low latency 5G-enabled SD-WAN solution for digital transformation.
Digital transformation has been a persistent imperative for enterprises to thrive in today’s new normal, streamline their operations, collaborate cohesively, spur innovation, capture new business opportunities and deliver an elevated customer experience. A cloud-first strategy, multi-cloud adoption and a data-driven decision model continue to be the key cornerstones for digital transformation. SD-WAN technology has emerged as a frontrunner to enable enterprises to manage reliable connectivity and ever-growing network traffic for non-stop digital applications, with the flexibility, reliability, efficiency and security that their current networks lack.
5G connectivity is now an essential component of SD-WAN solution as it not only substantially increases connectivity capacity and uptime for critical business applications hosted at multi-clouds, but also boosts application performance. In addition to the ultra high speed and low latency performance that 5G offers, 5G FortiExtender also provides unique integration capabilities through Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN offering. This unified connectivity and security solution allows users to simplify operations at the WAN edge. With integrated next-generation firewall (NGFW) functionality and advanced networking capabilities, the solution enforces SD-WAN SLAs to create optimal user experience while maintaining enterprise-grade protection.
The addition of 5G-enabled Fortinet Secure SD-WAN solution enhances HKT’s existing Multi-Services SD-WAN portfolio which provides high bandwidth, low latency and multiple connections to private and public clouds, mobile retail stores and branch offices via diversified and secure 5G and fiber networks with a superior Fixed-Mobile-Integration (FMI) experience. It also offers enterprises in different vertical industries with Industry Service Level Agreements tailored to their specific operational needs via Enterprise Managed Services (EMS). EMS provides a dedicated 24/7 helpdesk that serves as a single point of contact for all technical and service enquiries across multiple ICT solutions. This helps to offload enterprise IT workloads, simplifies operation processes and enables enterprise IT to focus on new innovations that support business transformations.
Ms. Cherry Fung, Fortinet’s Regional Director for Hong Kong, Macau and Mongolia, said, “Fortinet invests heavily in the development of 5G security solutions and partners with leading Managed Security Services Providers (MSSPs) to bring them to enterprises worldwide. Three years ago, HKT became the first Fortinet MSSP partner in Hong Kong to leverage our wide spectrum of Fortinet Security Fabric solutions. And now, HKT is our first Hong Kong-based 5G-enabled MSSP, to drive the next wave of digital transformation for enterprises with Fortinet solutions. In addition to advanced SD-WAN solutions, HKT also offers comprehensive Managed Security Services to protect enterprises’ broadband, mobile, cloud and IoT infrastructure by leveraging Fortinet’s Security Fabric. With its enterprise traction and competencies in cybersecurity, HKT is a strong partner to secure access to a new level.”
Mr. Steve Ng, Head of Commercial Solutions & Marketing, Commercial Group, HKT, said, “To be successful, digital transformation and cloud adoption must be built on the tight integration of security and a strong network foundation. Our ultra high speed, reliable and 5G-enabled Multi-Services SD-WAN solution empowers enterprises’ digital transformation in different industries ranging from Retail, Food and Beverage to Finance and the Public Sector to maximize business agility while maintaining a secure operating environment. The solution is backed by a dedicated team of certified security professionals operating round the clock at HKT’s ISO27001 certified Next Generation Security Operations Center (NG SOC). This allows scalable and robust security protection that enhances enterprises’ security posture and ability to combat today’s increasing number of exposed attack surfaces and ever-evolving threats.”
Gartner, Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure, By Jonathan Forest, Naresh Singh, Andrew Lerner, Evan Zeng, 20 September 2021
Gartner Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customer’: WAN Edge Infrastructure, By Peer Contributors, 5 February 2021
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