Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications company Ericsson has partnered with Google Cloud to jointly develop 5G and edge cloud solutions to aid communications service providers (CSPs) digitally transform and to unlock new enterprise and consumer use cases.
According to the company statement, the two entities will work together to develop new solutions at Ericsson’s Silicon Valley D-15 Labs, a state-of-the-art innovation center where advanced solutions and technologies can be developed and tested on a live, multi-layer 5G platform.
As part of the cooperation, 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, as per the statement.
“Organizations 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 the telecom network core to the edge and enterprise premises.”
“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,” said Mr. Niklas Heuveldop, President and Head of Ericsson North America.
Ericsson and Google previously formed a services cooperation to deliver cloud-native, container-based solutions to support the digital transformation of operator networks and application migration.