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Comcast Business: We Are the Only Cable Provider Doing SD-WAN

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… alarms and traffic. The solution has a mobile app designed to give the customer an easy interface.

“It’s not really a story of simplification, although simplification is certainly one of the tenants involved in this. It’s bringing the information forward and making it actionable quickly for the customers,” Lewis said.

Lewis says no carriers were offering SD-WAN when Comcast began planning on how to roll it out. 2017 saw a stampede of carriers partnering with vendors to adopt the technology, with Versa, Viptela and VeloCloud being popular beneficiaries. A recent study by Cato Networks showed that carrier SD-WAN increased among customers last year.

Comcast has been skeptical about the long-term future of MPLS and has emphasized the importance of avoiding vendor-lock. Lewis restated the theme of how Comcast supplies both bandwidth and the platform.

“And I would argue, in many ways to the best of our knowledge, [carriers are] not where we are in terms of an architecture,” he said.

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