MTS selects OpenStack and Canonical for cloud infrastructure offering


Russian mobile operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has announced the selection of Canonical’s Charmed OpenStack to power the company’s next-generation cloud infrastructure.

MTS plans to leverage Charmed OpenStack’s lifecycle management capabilities and cloud-native architecture, to enable multi-vendor and cross-platform integration.

MTS has chosen to partner with Canonical, the publisher of Ubuntu, to further its efforts in building out a digital ecosystem based on an open-source platform as it serves over 77 million subscribers in Russia.

MTS CTO, Victor Belov, commented: “The selection of OpenStack is another step forward in our strategy to migrate towards open-source software.

“Building an ecosystem based on OpenStack will speed up our technology adoption, lay a foundation for future 5G rollout, and enhance our network’s edge compute capabilities.

“This solution will also enable us to improve virtualization cost-effectiveness, as well as expand our ability to leverage a wide variety of virtual platforms.

“That will not only help us maintain a technical edge in the Russian telecom industry but also enhance our IT agility and enable us to tackle complex challenges to better meet the needs of our customers.”

MTS also plans to enhance its core technology and set up a competence centre for developing OpenStack-based solutions.

“Canonical is truly excited to partner with MTS and provide a platform on which they can roll out their 5G network,” said Regis Paquette, VP Global Alliances at Canonical.

“The partnership will help build an underlying network and IT infrastructure bringing the latest updates in a predictable and automated fashion.

“With comprehensive security built-in and unified automation from core to remote edge locations, this partnership places MTS at the forefront of innovation with open source.” 

MTS said it will begin operationally rolling out the project next year, deploying Canonical’s Charmed OpenStack solution across 11 data centres in Russia.

"All around the world, carriers love OpenStack. What started as an agile framework to deploy and manage network functions has grown to become a preferred platform for managing the evolution of networks from LTE to 5G,” said Mark Collier, COO, Open Infrastructure Foundation.

“Canonical has been an important vendor since the earliest days, and we congratulate their team on working with MTS to deliver agile, open infrastructure for the company's 77 million subscribers.”