The British multinational mobile operator Vodafone Group has announced its decision to enter into a strategic partnership with global search engine giant Google’s Cloud services to jointly develop data services.
Google Cloud is a suite of cloud computing services that runs on the same infrastructure that Google uses internally for its end-user products, such as Google Search, Gmail, file storage, and YouTube.
About 1,000 workers in Britain, Spain and the United States will be asked by both companies to create “Nucleus”, a new cloud-based storage and analytics portal which will host Vodafone’s data. Nucleus will be capable of processing around 50 terabytes of data a day within the cloud, Vodafone said in a statement.
“Both companies will drive the use of reliable and secure data analytics, insights, and learnings to support the introduction of new digital products and services for Vodafone customers simultaneously worldwide,” the statement added.
As part of the six-year agreement, both companies will also develop a system called ‘Dynamo’, which can extract and transport data across different countries where the British-based telecom company operates. According to reports, the two companies also want to sell consultancy services to other multinational businesses looking to move huge amounts of data to the cloud in the future.
Vodafone offers voice, messaging, and data services across mobile and fixed networks, fixed broadband and TV services, cloud and hosting as well as internet protocol-virtual private network services, roaming services and unified communications services.
The company also provides M-Pesa, a mobile money transfer and payment service that enables customers to access their bank accounts to send and receive money, purchase goods, pay bills, and save money and receive short-term loans.
In addition, Vodafone offers machine-to-machine business solutions, carrier services such as fixed and mobile connectivity and other services, smartphones and tablets and telematics products and services. It sells its products through approximately 16,000 branded stores, distribution partners and third-party retailers.