Tele2 announced it is shifting its network and IT functions to the cloud using NFV, a move it said paves the way for the rollout of 5G technology.
The operator said the shift will provide it with smarter, more user-friendly, and cost efficient internal management. The push into NFV-based cloud will also enable Tele2 to deliver a broader range of services covering business, consumer and Internet of Things (IoT). Big Data with advanced analytics will be a key part of its move to cloud-based services, the company stated.
Tele2 contracted UK-based Canonical to provide and manage its cloud services. The open source cloud and mobile device platform provider said that it will deploy its BootStack managed cloud platform, and that it will also be responsible for building and managing OpenStack clouds throughout Tele2's operating markets.
The Sweden-headquartered operator announced that Canonical's generic VNF manager Juju will be used to bring new services onboard. In a related statement, Canonical explained that Juju allows for a common model to be used to manage applications from different suppliers, and that Tele2 will use it to deploy preconfigured services to its customers.
Tele2 added that Huawei is providing rack mount servers and that Cisco will provide its ACI solution as part of its role as the network vendor for the shift. Tele2 stated that a network of data centres will be built "on a future proof spine/leaf network with modern 25Gb/100Gb connectivity."
Niklas Sonkin, EVP and COO at Tele2, said the shift to NFV-based cloud services "is an important step for Tele2 in further strengthening our position as a technology frontrunner."
The operator is gearing up for the launch of 5G technology in the field in the next six years, Sonkin explained. "The 5G standard will be ready by 2020 and in the field one or two years later. Cloud and virtualisation are important building blocks in the foundation of 5G technology."
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