BT Ireland’s Steve Coakley talks to us about Global Fabric, the company’s new network-as-a-service model, and the key features that it offers.

As the modern world becomes more and more reliant on and integrated with technology and online activity, global network infrastructure is constantly trying to keep up. Telecoms companies and providers are coming up with new ways of coping with soaring internet and data traffic, such as BT and their new network-as-a-service model, Global Fabric.

According to Steve Coakley, head of network propositions at BT Ireland, Global Fabric is “built with the software-as-a-service and hyperscaler model, of flexibility and ability to consume as you need and pay as you go”.

“It’s a full global build of points of presence – 160 of them around the world. So it really shifts where the traffic is consumed by our customers closer to the cloud service providers,” he says.

He says the four key features of Global Fabric are cost, operational flexibility, security and data sovereignty, and sustainability.

As an example of ways that organisations can use this network to their benefit, Coakley highlights how it can provide supply chain visibility.

“An organisation might say, from a visibility perspective, I want to know how my suppliers are working, whether there’s issues with strikes or traffic,” he says. “So, supply chain and data insights are really key.”


Words by Colin Ryan