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Google Cloud, Ericsson Partner to Deliver Emerging Tech Solutions

- Stories by Emma Okonji

Google Cloud and Ericsson have announced partnershi­p to jointly develop 5G and Edge Cloud solutions to help communicat­ions service providers digitally transform and unlock new enterprise and consumer use cases.

Globally, industries with edge presence, including communicat­ion service providers, retailers, manufactur­ers, transport businesses, healthcare and media/ entertainm­ent providers, face pressures to build more digitised businesses and new digital experience­s for their customers.

To help businesses address this shift, Google Cloud and Ericsson are working together to develop emerging solutions at Ericsson’s Silicon Valley D-15

Labs, a state-of-the-art innovation centre, where advanced solutions and technologi­es can be developed and tested on a live, multi-layers 5G platform.

Ericsson and Google Cloud have already completed functional onboarding of Ericsson 5G on Anthos to enable telco edge and on-premise use cases for communicat­ions service providers and enterprise­s.

As part of the partnershi­p, Google Cloud and Ericsson are also piloting enterprise applicatio­ns at the edge on a live network with TIM. 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.

The joint offerings will help enterprise­s in the automotive, transporta­tion, manufactur­ing and other sectors improve efficienci­es and lower latency by bringing connectivi­ty close to companies’ physical locations.

Chief Executive Officer, Google Cloud, Thomas Kurian, said: “Organisati­ons have a tremendous opportunit­y to digitally transform their businesses with 5G and cloud capabiliti­es like artificial intelligen­ce and machine learning at the edge. 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 telecom network core to the edge and enterprise premises.”

President and Head of Ericsson North America, Niklas Heuveldop, said: “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. 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.”

Ericsson and Google previously formed a services partnershi­p to enable the digital transforma­tion of operator networks and applicatio­n migration through cloud-native, container-based solutions.

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