BICS – The network behind the world’s top networks

The global network services industry has seen a significant shift in enterprise demand over 2019-2020, as businesses look to increase their digital transformation strategies, according to Gartner. Enterprises and international service providers alike are looking to benefit from new technologies and services such as IoT connectivity and cloud-based communications, to achieve greater agility, flexibility and automation. Global network service providers must keep pace with growing requirements or risk losing out to competitors. BICS supports the vast majority of global network operators in the world, so what are the primary drivers of demand and how are the world’s top networks addressing these? Increased network footprint and bandwidth for IoT deployments Network service providers seeking to support enterprises’ digital transformation efforts must first understand their global network requirements and coverage needed to support them. Increased, scalable network capacity is the most widespread enterprise requirement, especially given the rapid increase in rollout of global connected devices and services. Digital services such as IoT connectivity have significantly high bandwidth and speed requirements, and those aspiring to roll out connected services worldwide often also need to expand network footprint across multiple markets at speed. Fixed and mobile network operators serving these enterprises need to ensure that a global footprint is in place, alongside sufficient network capacity to ensure adequate quality of service, all with the requisite network performance and resilience guarantees. Partnering with a leading global service provider such as BICS is the best option to build and roll out global networks at speed to address these requirements, while improving profitability and ROI. BICS provides international IP-based, ethernet-based and point-to-point connectivity to many operators, with more than 140 points-of-presence in data centres and internet exchanges worldwide. BICS’ Carrier Ethernet solution supports the world’s top networks as they expand their presence into new locations, via private dedicated or shared connections. Fast deployment and ease of scalability helps operators to ensure customer bandwidth requirements are met, while data traffic is transmitted securely through carrier-grade connections. BICS’ Carrier Ethernet Express offering also allows operators to provide guaranteed latency to their enterprise customers, increasing quality of service levels. By working with BICS, operators can benefit from scalability, quick delivery times, global reach and cost effective models, in response to increasing network capacity requirements, to support the digital transformation strategies of their global enterprise customers. Boom in uptake of cloud-based services Global enterprises are also increasingly looking to more virtualized business environments, to save on operating expenses and enhance efficiency. Companies are migrating mission-critical data and processes to virtualized environments hosted in the public or private cloud at scale. Consequently, according to Gartner, the global cloud services market is set to grow 17% during 2020, to total USD$266.4 billion. In order to support cloud-based communications for enterprise customers, network operators need to first provide the connectivity needed by major cloud platform providers. BICS provides secure, low-latency access to more than 15 major cloud platform providers worldwide, via the Cloud Connect solution. Private international, multi-cloud connectivity that bypasses the public internet enables operators to support end-to-end secure connectivity for their enterprise customers, while available SLAs can guarantee high network availability and performance, allowing the world’s top networks to better serve their global enterprise customer base. Pre-connected to all major cloud services providers and with a global presence including around 45 internet exchanges points, BICS Cloud Connect requires little to no physical infrastructure so there is limited upfront investment needed from operators; this saves significant capex and dramatically reduces the delivery time for any new connection. As more and more businesses migrate to cloud-based infrastructure, network service providers must ensure their connectivity is of the highest quality and security to keep customers data available and secure. Why BICS? Be a part of the ecosystem that supports the world’s top networks with infrastructure managed end to end and available across all major regions, enabling operators to expand and scale capacity to suit a wide variety of business and customer requirements. With 20 years’ worth of global industry knowledge and capacity expertise, BICS supports more than 2000 customers worldwide, from operators to OTT, digital, internet and cloud service providers. With a proven record for quality of service, world-class network management and fast service delivery and commercial flexibility, BICS is the ideal partner for networks looking to expand capacity and offer greater flexibility to keep up with growing customer demand. Find out more about our capacity portfolio, here.