Ericsson announced plans at Mobile World Congress 2016 to form a global business, technology and services alliance with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to accelerate cloud transformation for telecoms service providers.
New technologies such as mobile broadband and the cloud have transformed the competitive battleground for service providers. Today's leading telecoms companies seek to capitalise on new opportunities such as IoT and big data analytics and at the same time, leverage the latest technologies to improve productivity and efficiency, increase agility, reduce complexity and risk, as well as create unique value for their customers.
Ericsson is working with AWS to help service providers seize these opportunities, drive the convergence of mobile infrastructure and cloud and give application developers and service providers new capabilities that accelerate innovation and enrich the Networked Society.
As part of this announcement, Ericsson is creating a global team of experts focused on the AWS Cloud and opening cloud innovation centres with customers, and AWS is supporting Ericsson in this effort.
Ericsson will contribute expertise from its 25,000 R&D engineers and 66,000-person service workforce - more than 17,000 of whom are consultants and systems integrators, delivering 1,500 projects per year around the world.
Ericsson will establish cloud innovation centres with service providers and has already started work with Australian operator Telstra, which will host the first cloud innovation centre in its Gurrowa Innovation Lab in Melbourne, Australia.
Ericsson will leverage AWS' services and expertise to work closely with service providers to implement a cloud adoption framework to fit their unique business objectives. The Ericsson teams will consist of program directors, solutions architects and system engineers who are trained on AWS and Ericsson technologies and bring together deep service provider industry and cloud domain expertise.
AWS is supporting Ericsson in this effort with a broad range of resources that may include solutions architects, professional services and training. The companies' efforts are designed to accelerate cloud adoption through cloud transformation programs, data centre consolidation and application migration.
Additionally, Ericsson will use AWS services and expertise to develop solutions enabling service providers to build new capabilities and introduce attractive new cloud-related offerings. Examples include:
• End-to-end security and data traffic management from mobile networks and on-premises infrastructure to the AWS Cloud
• Trusted cloud and workload management across on-premises infrastructure and the AWS Cloud
• Gateway services for AWS storage services resident at communications service providers, that help maintain local regulation and compliance requirements.
Vish Nandlall,chief technology officer at Telstra said: "The industry is shifting towards an architecture driven by cloud economics and flexibility. Adoption of hybrid clouds requires a secure transmission network linking on-premises to the cloud to provide a chain of custody for mission critical enterprise data.
“Telstra's vision is to build a trusted network service for mission critical cloud data, and we are excited to explore the opportunity of bringing this vision to life with Ericsson and AWS. The Cloud Innovation Center at Gurrowa intends to bring together cloud experts from Ericsson, AWS and Telstra to encourage cloud adoption and the development of new business opportunities for Telstra and our customers."
Terry Wise, Vice President of Worldwide Partner Ecosystem, Amazon Web Services, Inc. said: "Service providers are seeing explosive growth due to the rapid adoption of mobile applications and IoT, which is driving the need to think differently about infrastructure and ecosystems. Communications service providers are uniquely positioned to capture the upsides of the cloud adoption wave going on in the market.
“Ericsson's new Cloud Innovation Centers, leveraging AWS service and expertise, are designed to empower communications service providers to accelerate innovation within their organisations and rapidly achieve the agility and cost optimization benefits of using AWS."
Anders Lindblad, Head of Business Unit Cloud & IP, Ericsson, added: "AWS is the world's leader in cloud computing with a highly-reliable, scalable, and secure global infrastructure. Ericsson has always taken great ideas, industrialised them, and made them available in every country. Building upon AWS' platform, we will drive new growth opportunities across the service provider industry."