Nitel\u2019s newest service offering takes the company\u2019s existing network-as-a-service out of North America and into the international market, as the company announces the availability of its SASE capabilities and NaaS to 34 global regions.\nNitel\u2019s key offering is a full as-a-service network, leveraging relationships with data carriers \u2014 wired or wireless \u2014 at the local level to deliver basic connectivity, and then fold that into a robust enterprise networking suite, complete with SASE and private networking. The idea is to provide a more or less out-of-the-box network product that allows small and medium-size companies to hand the vast majority of their connectivity issues off to Nitel, which manages configuration and provisioning. In addition, Nitel provides SASE-standard security features like antimalware sandboxing, zero trust network access, data loss prevention and content filtering.\nThe pitch, in short, is less work and more functionality, with added security as a bonus, according to Mike Frane, Nitel\u2019s chief product officer.\n\u201cThat\u2019s one of the problems in the industry that SASE attempts to address,\u201d said Frane. \u201cThere\u2019s so much sprawl today that network teams have to work on with different tools and applications, and a lot of the vulnerabilities today happen where there isn\u2019t uniformity over all these different settings and rule sets.\u201d\nNitel said that it\u2019s working directly with local ISPs around the world \u2014 nearly 100 of them at launch, according to Frane. Rather than contracting with large aggregators, this direct approach allows the company to offer lower rates and fuller support.\nA key part of the opening of Nitel\u2019s services to the world at large is a partnership with VMware, according to the company. VMware\u2019s global footprint of cloud infrastructure makes for much shorter network round trips, and Nitel boasts that 80% of the world\u2019s population will be less than 10 milliseconds away from its network as a result.\nThis type of NaaS offering is available elsewhere, according to Lisa Pierce, managing vice president of enterprise network systems and services at Gartner Research. However, most companies in the space are major carriers like Verizon or AT&T, whereas Nitel\u2019s more agnostic approach to carriers allows it to focus on the underlying services.\n\u00a0\u201cOne of the issues about trying to go down this road is the amount of modernization that these technologies and the tools that manage them require,\u201d Pierce said. \u201cBecause Nitel isn\u2019t spending nearly as much of a revenue dollar on dealing directly with the end user as, say, Verizon does, it can funnel more of that into tools and processes.\u201d\nNitel\u2019s international service is available now, and is priced based on the type of security features, overall throughput and services required by an individual company, according to Frane. The company has already run a private alpha test with some customers.