VMware has highlighted innovations that can help communications services providers (CSPs) capture the 5G opportunity and break into the cloud economy. The company has also announced expanded relationships with AT&T and Vodafone, along with an expanded alliance with Ericsson and a new partnership with T-Systems, illustrating that VMware is a proven and strategic partner of choice for telco cloud transformation.
Communication service providers must transition to a virtualised telco cloud spanning network and IT to maximise 5G upside while containing risks. VMware offers the industry’s only comprehensive 5G Telco Cloud platform. The VMware Telco Cloud platform is optimised for both 4G and 5G – a single architecture that supports both networks – which helps communication service providers get to ‘5G ready’ faster.
“5G is at a massive inflection point and planning decisions made today will have far reaching financial and operational ramifications for CSPs going forward,” said Shekar Ayyar, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development and General Manager, Telco NFV Group, VMware.
“By moving away from the inflexible, hardware-defined architectures of the past and rolling out 5G as a fully-virtualised architecture right out of the gate, telcos will be able to beat competitors to market with new value-added services and improve the performance and operational efficiencies of their networks. VMware today provides the best foundation for the 5G-ready telco cloud.”
Customer and partner momentum across VMware’s networking and cloud portfolio
Organisations worldwide, customers and partners alike, are turning to VMware’s portfolio. With new engagements from CSP adoption designed to unify networks, to partner deployment of VMware’s SD-WAN solutions, VMware is emerging as a leader in the telco space.
Details on new customers and partners include:
- AT&T Selects VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud for WAN of 5G Service: AT&T is working with VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud to implement 5G capabilities into our SD-WAN to give businesses new levels of network control. This transformative combination could be an ideal solution for businesses looking to use SD-WAN with a high-speed, low-latency 5G network as their primary or secondary WAN connection type in combination with other transport connections.
- Ericsson teams with VMware on network transformation: Ericsson and VMware have signed a global alliance agreement that will simplify deploying and running a combination of Ericsson applications and VMware’s vCloud NFV platform for CSPs. The alliance agreement solidifies the close cooperation between the two companies, ongoing since 2012, and enables CSPs to accelerate time to revenue for new telco-grade services.
- T-Systems selects VMware Cloud on AWS for hybrid cloud services: T-Systems is providing customers with a managed services offering for VMware Cloud on AWS. Together with its long-standing partner, VMware, the Deutsche Telekom IT service provider is connecting clients’ private clouds with VMware Cloud on AWS. Read more about the T-Systems news.
- Vodafone and VMware expand deployment: Vodafone has expanded its footprint of VMware’s cloud infrastructure to power its network and to capture operational agility and cost efficiency at scale. VMware is Vodafone’s primary strategic partner for telco cloud infrastructure services. VMware’s services are used across Vodafone’s operating markets around the world; they are live in 15 countries, in more than 50 sites, carrying increasing amounts of subscriber traffic on more than 300 core network functions.