Frontier has introduced an automated cloud-based and artificial intelligence-managed network-as-a-service (NaaS) platform.

The service provider is collaborating with Nile, developer of enterprise networking technology. The NaaS offering, which will feature wired and wireless capabilities, is available to its business customers across its 25-state footprint.

Frontier says that the platform will enable business customers to save money, get access to services more quickly and reduce their operational responsibilities. The Nile platform has built-in security features and employs AI to automatically upgrade service and detect and resolve service issues.

“We want our business customers to focus on what they do best – driving business success – and leave their connectivity to us. That’s why we teamed with Nile to offer our customers a hands-off approach to running their networks,” Ettienne Brandt, Frontier’s Executive Vice President of Business, said in a press release. “Together, we are providing businesses easy-to-manage, high-performing and secure connectivity.”

Automating networks offers many advantages to service providers and is one of the main drivers of the movement to the cloud.

Global telecom industry association MEF steps last October toward enabling it to happen in a uniform manner with a blueprint for NaaS and a certification program for Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) products and services. MEF said the blueprint focuses on on-demand underlay, application assurance, cybersecurity and multi-cloud capability for NaaS.

Lumen is among carriers providing NaaS offerings. Late last July, the company launched Internet On-Demand, the first service for its NaaS platform. Lumen said that the offering would provide “radical flexibility” in the purchase, use and management of network services by “cloudifying” traditional telecom.

Even earlier – in November, 2022 – Verizon Business announced what it called a global NaaS partnership with Wipro Ltd. The offering includes pre-configured and tested service chains on a subscription-based consumption model, according to Verizon Business.

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