Etisalat and Huawei partner for ‘cloud factory’

01 March 2016 |

Etisalat Group and Huawei are collaborating on what they claim to be the first proof-of-concept and design for an all-inclusive network architecture for a so-called regional cloud factory.

When launched, services provided by the cloud factory will be offered to businesses across Etisalat’s international footprint. 

"Working in partnership with industry leaders, like Huawei, we intend to be the first to develop the feasibility of pooling the infrastructure resources, which will realise the enterprise solutions, providing our customers with a competitive edge," said Hatem Bamatraf, CTO of Etisalat Group. 

"Etisalat’s Regional Cloud Factory is a strategic priority and another example of how Etisalat Group is at the forefront of delivering innovation that adds value for our customers."

The service will examine the technical and business requirements of virtualising the operator’s network functions, including operations support systems (OSS), value-added services (VAS) and policy and charging rules function (PCRF). 

It will also focus on the centralisation of such functions on to a distributed data centre platform, enabling easier sharing of resources among 18 operating companies in its footprint.

Peng Xiongji, president of Huawei Etisalat global key account, said: "Building on our long-term relationship with Etisalat, Huawei is committed to supporting wider transformation from more traditional architecture to cloud-based platforms of the future. New designs developed through Etisalat Cloud Factory will make services and processes more agile and support Etisalat to prepare for market changes, promote innovation, and help its own customers achieve business success in the digital era."

Capacity Middle East 2016 is taking place in Dubai this week. To view our full coverage of the event, click here