Google Cloud partners AT&T as part of telco digital transformation strategy

Google Cloud partners AT&T as part of telco digital transformation strategy

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Google Cloud and AT&T have announced a collaboration to help enterprises maximise Google Cloud’s technologies using AT&T edge connectivity, including 5G.

Together the two companies will test a portfolio of 5G edge solutions edge computing solutions for industries, such as retail, manufacturing, and transportation. The project will combine AT&T’s network, Google Cloud’s technologies such as AI/ML and Kubernetes, as well as edge computing to help enterprises address real business challenges.

“We’re working with Google Cloud to deliver the next generation of cloud services,” said Mo Katibeh, EVP and CMO, AT&T Business.

“Combining 5G with Google Cloud’s edge compute technologies can unlock the cloud’s true potential. This work is bringing us closer to a reality where cloud and edge technologies give businesses the tools to create a whole new world of experiences for their customers.”

The news forms part of Google Cloud’s new strategy to help telco in their digital transformation journeys. The plan has three core goals for telcos, monetizing 5G as a business services platform, engaging customers with data-driven experiences, and improving operational efficiency across telecom core systems. 

“Rapid technology advancements are impacting the telecommunications industry, whether it’s the rise of 5G and network-centric business models or new connected devices and applications,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud.

“Many of these offer significant opportunities for business transformation, and that’s why we’re excited to collaborate with leading telecoms, partners, and customers to help transform the industry together and create better overall experiences for users around the world.”

As part of this as formed as part of its Global Mobile Edge Cloud (GMEC) strategy, the company has announced Anthos for Telecom. This brings Google’s Anthos cloud platform to the network edge, allowing telcos to run their applications wherever they need to.

In addition, Google Cloud has announced a partnership with Amdocs to enable service providers to run Amdocs’ portfolio on Google Cloud, and to deliver new data analytics, site reliability engineering, and 5G edge solutions to enterprise customers.

“Service providers worldwide are embarking on transformation journeys centred on the cloud in order to drive new services, revenue opportunities and experiences,” said Gary Miles, chief marketing officer, Amdocs.

“By combining our cloud-native, open and modular solutions with the fully managed, high performing Google Cloud, we can accelerate this journey.”

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