Ericsson and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are poised to form an alliance to create a number of new ‘cloud innovation centres’ with mobile operators and aid their digital transformation.

Ericsson and AWS plan to help operators to virtualise their systems and services, and seize new opportunities from the provision of digital services. Ericsson said it will use AWS to help service providers build new capabilities and cloud-related offerings.

The Sweden-based vendor has already started work with Telstra, which is to open the first cloud innovation centre in its Gurrowa Innovation Lab in Melbourne, Australia.

Vish Nandlall, Chief Technology Officer at Telstra, said: “The industry is shifting towards an architecture driven by cloud economics and flexibility. Adoption of hybrid clouds requires a secure transmission network linking on-premises to the cloud to provide a chain of custody for mission critical enterprise data.

“The centre at Gurrowa intends to bring together cloud experts from Ericsson, AWS and Telstra to encourage cloud adoption and the development of new business opportunities for Telstra and our customers.”

Ericsson said it will create a specialist team to open ‘cloud innovation centres’ with network operators. AWS will support its work, it said, contributing expertise in solutions architecture, professional services and training.

Terry Wise, Vice President of Worldwide Partner Ecosystem at Amazon Web Services, said: “Service providers are seeing explosive growth due to the rapid adoption of mobile applications and IoT, which is driving the need to think differently about infrastructure and ecosystems.

“They are uniquely positioned to capture the upsides of the cloud adoption wave going on in the market. Ericsson’s new cloud innovation centres, leveraging AWS service and expertise, are designed to empower them to accelerate innovation within their organizations and rapidly achieve the agility and cost optimization benefits of using AWS.”

Anders Lindblad, Head of Business Unit Cloud and IP at Ericsson, said: “Building upon AWS’ platform, we will drive new growth opportunities across the service provider industry.”

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