Telenor teams up with AWS to accelerate telecommunications modernization

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Under an agreement, Telenor and AWS will invest in joint go-to-market activities in select industries, such as manufacturing, supply chain and logistics, and automotive, to enable more services 5G and cutting-edge for customers. By working with existing customers to demonstrate the possibilities of cloud-based resources, Telenor will expand its cloud footprint, while innovating to develop new services that use a combination of AWS’ most advanced and secure cloud technologies.

The agreement further expands the existing collaboration between the two companies, with Telenor also becoming a member of the AWS Partner Network. Together with AWS, Telenor has already implemented a complete cloud-based mobile core for Vimla, Telenor’s mobile virtual network operator brand in Sweden. Running on AWS, Vimla’s mobile core is scalable, programmable, and uses self-service APIs, enabling Vimla to create simple, innovative, and valuable services for its customers. Vimla uses a wide range of AWS services including Amazon ElastiCache, AWS Lambda, AWS Transit Gateway, and others to help scale elastically and provide better service to more customers. Vimla’s new cloud-based Mobile Core is developed and managed as a service by Working Group Two, a company incubated by Telenor. Following the network transformation on AWS, Telenor plans to expand Vimla’s work to other areas of the company’s global network.

As part of their collaboration, Telenor and AWS will continue to innovate on behalf of their customers in the areas of 5G edge for mobile private networks (MPNs) and edge computing. For example, Telenor 5G enabled a prototype “network on wheels (NOW)” powered by AWS. The NOW gives customers the ability to set up a standalone private 5G network wherever needed. The NOW prototype is currently being used by the Norwegian Defense Materiel Agency and Norwegian public service broadcaster Norsk Rikskringkasting (NRK) for critical communication and remote production use cases, respectively. Internationally, Telenor’s Thai brand, dtac, has launched a proof-of-concept 5G private network for Thai businesses based on edge computing and the AWS Snow family. This solution helps customers process real-time artificial intelligence (AI)-based video analytics and other applications in remote locations, even in areas with intermittent connectivity.

“Working with AWS, we continue to advance and modernize the telecommunications industry by digitizing and expanding our offerings beyond connectivity. Together, we’re building on our individual strengths and scaling secure, robust, and advanced cloud services and the latest networking technologies for our customers much faster than we ever could before. . Our shared ambition is to use scalable and flexible building blocks from AWS to continually raise the bar of what is possible,” said Sigve Brekke, President and CEO of Telenor Group.

“Telenor pushes the boundaries of innovation by running its Vimla core on AWS. Cloud technology enables Telenor to scale its network in ways that were not possible before and enables them to experiment and develop new experiences for customers to keep them engaged, entertained and online. We are excited to collaborate with Telenor as they continue to expand this innovative work to other parts of their business,” said Adam Selipsky, CEO of AWS.