Kazakhtelecom JSC, the largest telecommunications operator in Kazakhstan, has been innovating with cloud technology to help grow its base of broadband subscribers.
It has been following the lead of other groundbreaking network infrastructure players by moving to a more virtualized and disaggregated model, using open-source technologies to develop telco cloud nodes. Its key partner here has been A10 Networks which has helped it to provide a secure and consistent subscriber experience for businesses and consumers.
Kazakhtelecom JSC started by launching two cloud nodes using an Open Stack architecture in the largest cities of Kazakhstan. It launched the first virtualized carrier-grade network address translation (CGNAT) solution on a cloud node that serves 384,000 broadband subscribers along with a second that serves 80,000 subscribers. These nodes provide a universal infrastructure for deploying virtual network functions (VNFs) that have numerous advantages, including deployment time, scaling, high fault tolerance, and manufacturer selection. This solution allows the telco to automate the operation of all VNFs, which has a positive effect on the quality of services for its customers.
Kazakhtelecom JSC is now actively working to enter the information security market and has established a Security Operation Center. A core element of the center is a DDoS attack protection system which provides the backbone to analyze all incoming internet traffic, detect anomalies and DDoS attacks and block or clear illegitimate traffic. The system has allowed Kazakhtelecom JSC to protect up to 500 zones of IP address spaces and analyzes about 2 Tbps of traffic.
“We set out to transform our network, grow subscribers and establish an information security services center,” said Nurlan Meirmanov, chief innovation officer, Kazakhtelecom JSC. “We are actively working on creating new deployments for our telco cloud environment. And we are confident that with our anti-DDoS system, the resources of Kazakhtelecom JSC and its customers will be reliably protected from network attacks.”
“Kazakhtelecom JSC has faced a convergence of business challenges that many telco operators have faced in recent years, namely how to grow subscribers with limited addressing, how to secure its network against the rapidly expanding cyber threat landscape and how to transition to new-generation cloud technologies within its network, all while maintaining a secure and consistent subscriber experience,” said Dhrupad Trivedi, president and CEO, A10 Networks.