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Axiata Group Berhad announced it was teaming up with Versa Networks to provide Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) technology for rapidly digitalizing Asian enterprises.

Under this agreement, Axiata Enterprise – the Group’s B2B unit – will collaborate with Axiata’s operating companies, Celcom in Malaysia and XL Axiata in Indonesia, to launch a wide variety of Versa SASE solutions covering Networking, Security and Cloud Access integration for enterprise customers in these markets.

This latest partnership complements the expansion of Axiata’s existing enterprise offerings in areas of Managed Connectivity, Smart Services, Cloud and Cyber Security. 

In a statement, Axiata Enterprise’s CEO, Gopi Kurup, said, “Enterprises embarking on their digital transformation want to become more flexible, efficient and location-independent, as they embrace to new ways of working. With increasing connectivity, integration and security are critical to ensure uninterrupted business access. The Versa SASE innovation integrates security, networking, SD-WAN      and analytics to deliver scalable, secure and reliable enterprise-wide networking and security. This is done via adoption of a cloud-type gateway which can efficiently distribute and seamlessly offload between the private office network and the Internet to access other cloud services.”

Versa SASE delivers tightly integrated services via the cloud, on-premises or a blended combination of both. This solution will be complementary to Managed Connectivity solutions offered by Celcom in Malaysia and XL Axiata in Indonesia.

“This partnership with Versa Networks further cements Axiata Enterprise’s proposition to empower organisations across the region seeking to raise their digitalisation game. Our combined strengths in technology, capabilities and reach across emerging Asia markets positions us as the right transformation partner to Enterprises that are looking to adopt cloud-based applications and data to accelerate in the post-pandemic recovery phase,” Gopi said.

Versa Networks’ vice president meanwhile also lauds this partnership.

"Axiata, one of the leading telecommunications groups in Asia, continuously provides world-class communication services based on the most advanced technology available," noted Tony Fallows, vice president, Versa Networks. "Versa is excited to be working with Axiata to expand Versa SASE further into the ASEAN and South Asia markets. Axiata, Celcom and XL Axiata will soon be able to deliver Versa’s industry-leading fully integrated and feature-complete SASE to support digitalisation in the regional markets.”

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