Telecommunications service provider Global One is planning to launch a service early next year that will assist large multinational organisations in setting up worldwide or regional intranet systems.
Global One, a joint venture of Sprint, Deutsche Telekom and France Telekom, plans to offer its corporate customers a "one-stop shopping" package that includes the necessary bandwidth and backbone connections; consulting services to set up the system and help migrate existing networks to the intranet; and in some cases providing equipment such as routers. Global One has a worldwide router reseller agreement with Cisco Systems.
The intranet service offers X.25 or frame relay backbone connections for both voice and data, according to Samuel Lee, manager of direct sales for Global One in Hong Kong.
While the telecommunications provider will offer guidance in the intranet implementation, local systems integrators will perform the actual equipment installation.
A significant component of Global One's intranet service, Lee says, is a roaming capability that will allow customers to dial into their intranet network from cities across Asia and selected locations around the world with a local call. As long as the country has a Global One Access Center, customers can connect directly to that country by dialling a local number.
Global One has opened offices or has affiliates in 62 countries worldwide; each of the offices also operates as an access centre, Lee says.
In Asia/Pacific, Global One currently has access centres in Hong Kong and Singapore. By the time the intranet service is launched, other centres will be opened in Vietnam, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.
"One of the benefits of using us for setting up an intranet is that we have wider coverage," Lee says. "We can offer our customers direct access to all these countries."
The intranet roaming service will operate in a fashion similar to an Internet roaming service. Global One intends to assist customers in implementing security and filtering measures, such as assigning user IDs and passwords.
Global One has found that many corporations are encountering problems when migrating existing networks over to an intranet, Lee says. "Most large, Fortune 500 companies already have existing private networks in-house, and these need to be transitioned in with the new intranet," he says. "Many companies are afraid to port their current private networks over to a new system, so that is why support in this area is so important."
Global One expects the intranet market to explode next year, and has already received a lot of interest from its existing customers, Lee says.