Ericsson, Google Cloud partner in bringing edge capabilities to telco providers

Swedish networking and telecommunications company Ericsson partners with Google Cloud in developing 5G and edge cloud solutions for communications service providers (CSPs). The two companies have already completed functional onboarding of Ericsson 5G on Anthos to enable telco edge and on-premise use cases for CSPs and enterprises.

Anthos is Google Cloud’s application management platform that provides development and operations experience for cloud and on-premises environments.

“Organizations have a tremendous opportunity to digitally transform their businesses with 5G and cloud capabilities like artificial intelligence and machine learning at the edge,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO, Google Cloud. “We are proud to partner with Ericsson to help build a foundation for communications service providers and enterprises alike to take advantage of cloud technology and cloud-native services, from the telecom network core to the edge and enterprise premises.”

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As more industries embrace edge, they also need to build more digitized businesses and new digital experiences for their customers. The partnership will hopefully assist enterprises in the automotive, manufacturing, transportation, and other sectors to improve efficiencies and lower latency by bringing connectivity close to companies’ physical locations.

Silicon Valley D15 labs

The two companies are developing solutions at Ericsson innovation center, Silicon Valley D15 labs, wherein the process of development and live testing is done. Piloting enterprise applications are already underway on the TIM network. The project, which will automate the functions of TIM’s core 5G network and cloud-based applications, will use TIM’s Telco Cloud infrastructure, Google Cloud solutions, and Ericsson’s 5G core network and orchestration technologies.

“5G is a powerful innovation platform. Combined with edge cloud capabilities, 5G has the potential to accelerate the digital transformation of virtually any sector of industry or society,” said Niklas Heuveldop, president and Head of Ericsson North America. “We are excited about our partnership with Google Cloud as we engage with our customers to leverage our combined capabilities to solve real-world business challenges for the benefit of consumers, enterprises, and society at large.”

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