Telefónica validates AWS as option for main 5G SA deployment in Brazil
Telefónica said on Friday it has taken a significant step forward for cloud-native 5G plans in Brazil, validating Amazon Web Services (AWS) outposts as “an efficient infrastructure option” to deploy core technology for stand-alone services (SA ) in the country.
Telefónica seeks to increase automation and generate new revenue with cloud-based 5G SA platforms. In Brazil, work with AWS means the operator’s Vivo brand has a way to develop 5G faster and introduce new network processes – with Telefónica calling for continuous integration, continuous deployment and continuous testing. (CI / CD / CT).
“Thanks to this project, Telefónica has taken an important step in its 5G plans in Brazil and also in its deployment strategy within the group, where cloud native 5G platforms allow a wide range of private and public infrastructure options. », Said Cayetano Carbajo, director. base, transport and service platforms for Telefónica’s global CTIO team, in a statement.
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Testing by Telefónica’s Vivo brand demonstrated the functionality, integration and provisioning of network functions on AWS, both in the AWS South America region and in on-premises data centers through AWS Outposts.
A trio of vendors provided the base SA 5G software, along with network functions from Mavenir, Nokia and Oracle. Spirent Communications helped validate the end-to-end system, using its backbone testing product to verify the functionality of the control plane and high load testing for user plane performance running in the AWS America region. South and on AWS outlets.
Tests have shown that Telefónica’s Vivo can build its 5G core on AWS in the future, as one of the latest operators looking for a cloud infrastructure for autonomous 5G.
In the United States, Dish Network is building a brand new SA 5G network with an open radio access network (open RAN) architecture and using AWS to host, the first major operator to do so. Mavenir, Nokia and Oracle are suppliers for its 5G core.
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In a statement, Fabio Cerone, managing director of EMEA Telco for AWS, expressed his excitement that Telefónica’s Vivo has validated AWS Outposts “as one of their best options” for deploying a 5G core network.
“With the ability to build its 5G Core on AWS, Telefónica opens the door to leveraging the breadth and depth of AWS cloud services at its on-premises sites,” Cerone continued. “With AWS, Telefónica can fully automate its network and dynamically scale and allocate its 5G network capacity to meet the needs of its business and consumer customers.”
Mavenir has just unveiled a closer integration with AWS, working together to deliver cloud-based network functions to telecom operators on the AWS IT infrastructure.
The cloud-based 5G product suite delivered on AWS includes a core of converged and micro-serviced 4G / 5G packets, IMS, messaging, orchestration, artificial intelligence, telecom analytics, and open RAN products.
Verizon is also working with AWS in the US, leveraging the cloud drive for mobile edge compute efforts.
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Speaking earlier this week at a JP Morgan investor conference, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg spoke about the partnership with Amazon and how the carrier is building apps for customers looking for extremely low latency and ultra-high throughput – with both public and private 5G MEC.
“There are other companies that are considering offloading their software, their radio technology and running on a cloud infrastructure. It’s a different way, ”said Vestberg, according to transcription. “We are also virtualizing our networks. But we don’t do it on standard cloud infrastructure. “
This is one of the big differences, he said, between Amazon’s efforts with Verizon and with Dish.