Telenor partners AWS for network modernisation
Telenor has inked a strategic collaboration agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to expand its 5G core transformation and deliver new 5G and edge services.
Under the terms of the agreement, both companies will invest in joint go-to-market activities for 5G and edge services, in select industries—such as manufacturing, supply chain and logistics, and automotive.
Specifically, Telenor will scale its cloud footprint, while developing new services that use a combination of advanced and secure cloud technologies from AWS.
“Working with AWS, we are continuing to advance and modernise the telecommunications industry—digitalising and expanding our offerings beyond connectivity," said Sigve Brekke, president and CEO of Telenor Group.
"Together, we are building on our individual strengths and scaling secure, robust, and advanced cloud services, alongside the latest networking technology, for our customers much faster than we could ever do before. Our shared ambition is to use scalable and flexible building blocks from AWS to continuously raise the bar for what’s possible.”
As part of the collaboration, Telenor and AWS will continue to innovate in the areas of 5G edge for mobile private networks and edge computing.
For example, Telenor 5G enabled a “network on wheels” prototype powered by AWS. The network on wheels allows customers to set up an autonomous private 5G network as needed.
While Telenor’s Thailand brand dtac, launched a 5G private network proof-of-concept for Thai enterprises based on edge computing and the AWS Snow Family.
“Telenor is pushing the boundaries of innovation by running their Vimla core on AWS," said Adam Selipsky, CEO of AWS.
"Cloud technology is allowing Telenor to scale their network in a way that was not possible before and is allowing them to experiment and develop new experiences for customers to keep them engaged, entertained, and online. We are pleased to collaborate with Telenor as they continue to expand this innovative work to other parts of their business.”
The partnership builds on the existing collaboration between both companies, with Telenor having become a member of the AWS Partner Network. Working with AWS, Telenor has already implemented a mobile core, running in the cloud, for Vimla—Telenor’s virtual mobile network operator brand in Sweden. Telenor plans to expand the work at Vimla to other areas in the company’s global network.