Friday, 20 October 2017

Ericsson buddies up with Amazon for telco cloud push

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom, in Barcelona
Monday 22 February 16

CEO Hans Vestberg says 5G, IoT, cloud is top of the agenda for his customers at this year's Mobile World Congress.

Ericsson on Monday struck a global partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) aimed at driving the take-up of cloud services among telcos. The agreement will see Ericsson open cloud innovation centres that, with the help of AWS, will provide operators with a cloud adoption framework…

Ericsson on Monday struck a global partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) aimed at driving the take-up of cloud services among telcos.

The agreement will see Ericsson open cloud innovation centres that, with the help of AWS, will provide operators with a cloud adoption framework.

"We're starting this in Australia in partnership with Telstra," said Anders Lindblad, head of Ericsson's cloud and IP business unit.

"Service providers have been coming to us and asking how they can use these [cloud] platforms…to augment their infrastructure," explained Terry Wise, vice president of AWS's worldwide partner ecosystem.

"Ericsson is really the perfect partner for us in this initiative," he said, adding that the agreement will help AWS accelerate the growth of its telco cloud services business.

Cloud is one of three key topics on Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg's agenda this week, the other two being 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The Swedish kit maker is showcasing its latest 5G prototype, which is capable of delivering downlink speeds in the region of 25 Gbps.

"There will be quite astonishing requirements put on 5G," Vestberg said, adding that utilities, transport, public safety, and media services "are very early use cases" for 5G.

"We are confident that we can continue to lead this industry," he said.

Meanwhile, when it comes to the IoT, Vestberg talked up Ericsson's IoT transformation services and the work it is doing to support AT&T's IoT push.

Indeed, separately on Monday, Ericsson announced it has also been chosen by AT&T to deploy LTE-M and narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) software on the U.S. telco's wireless network to facilitate the mass deployment and operation of connected devices, such as smoke alarms and pollution detectors.

Ericsson has a sizeable presence at Mobile World Congress; Vestberg said he expects 10,000 visitors to Ericsson's hall this week, where 8,000 hours of demonstrations will take place.

"I will meet with 80%-90% of our revenue base in the next couple of days," he said.
 

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