Approaches to SASE: 12 operator case studies

17 May 2022 | Research

Tom Rebbeck

Case study | PPTX and PDF (34 slides) | Enterprise Services

"The emergence of secure-access service edge (SASE) as a concept is highly relevant to telecoms operators as they evolve their SD-WAN strategies."


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Most business operators have launched SD-WAN offerings and are looking to develop them into SASE offerings. This report outlines the approach that 12 different operators are taking to SASE or the combination of SD-WAN and various security services. The report also provides recommendations for operators that have either launched SASE or are considering doing so.

Key questions answered in this report

  • How are telecoms operators approaching SASE?
  • Which approaches are operators taking to vendor solutions – are they reselling complete solutions from a single vendor or creating a platform to aggregate solutions from multiple vendors?
  • Which vendors are operators using for SASE products?

Case studies

  • Bell Canada
  • Orange Business Services
  • BT
  • Telefónica Tech
  • Colt
  • Telstra
  • Deutsche Telekom (Austria, Germany and Switzerland)
  • T-Mobile USA
  • Deutsche Telekom (rest of Europe)
  • Verizon
  • Lumen Technologies
  • Vodafone

For more information about this report, see the associated article SASE: telecoms operators’ approaches could be weakened by the lack of a long-term vision.

Our report on vendor approaches to SASE can be found here: Approaches to SASE: 11 vendor profiles.


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Tom Rebbeck

Partner, expert in TMT consumer and business services