- O2 Germany trumpeted a major contract with German supermarket chain Aldi.
Telefónica Deutschland (O2 Germany) trumpeted a major contract with German supermarket chain Aldi. The operator is supplying a corporate network, based on a software‑defined wide area network (SD‑WAN) solution from Cisco Systems, to connect 8,000 Aldi sites in 14 European countries. Around 4,000 of the sites are in Germany. Karsten Pradel, Director of Business-to-Business at O2 Germany, described the contract as a “milestone” project. “Never before has there been such an extensive and modern SD‑WAN installation in global retail”, Pradel claimed. O2 Germany has a longstanding partnership with Aldi, collaborating on the budget mobile venture Aldi Talk, for example. The operator noted that the implementation of the SD‑WAN network for Aldi “is relying on a diverse network of partners and a globally applicable solution from the Telefónica Group”. Digital consulting services provider Avasant recently recognised Telefónica as a ‘challenger’ in its SD‑WAN Managed Services RadarView 2019 report. Avasant highlighted the Group’s strong partnership ecosystem for SD‑WAN, including Nuage Networks for network services; Cisco and Riverbed for platforms; Infovista Ipanema for WAN optimisation; and Fortinet and Juniper Networks for security firewalls. The Group has also been trialling alternative open SD‑WAN solutions from independent software developer flexiWAN (Telefónicawatch, #140).