Telco cloud revisited: How 5G core and edge networks are proving key

Analysis Incumbent telecom service providers are consumed by the ongoing quest for substantive new revenue opportunities, beyond the delivery of internet access via wired and wireless broadband infrastructure. The leaders have long held the belief that value-added offerings were the key to sustainable growth.

Once again, that quest has led them to explore potential upside opportunities within the cloud computing arena. Global telco cloud computing revenue is now forecast to reach...

AWS re:Invent 2020 keynote: Gaining a greater industry focus – plus open source offerings

Analysis Andy Jassy, chief executive of Amazon Web Services (AWS), was unequivocal about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on cloud transformation during his show-opening re:Invent keynote. "I think when you look back at the history of the cloud, it will turn out that the pandemic accelerated cloud adoption by several years," he said.

Covid has, of course, meant the annual AWS jamboree has had to adapt with the times. Like Google Cloud Next OnAir in July, re:Invent is spread...

Google Cloud opens up on its edge strategy – and how clouds, telcos and developers all need to work together

Workloads, data and compute power are all moving closer to the edge. For the largest cloud players, who already hold many of the aces, this represents an important opportunity. Yet to do so fully, as Shailesh Shukla, VP and general manager networking at Google Cloud explained, it requires help from telecom providers and developers alike.

Shukla was speaking at The Edge Event earlier today around the hyperscaler's perspective. Speaking with Roy Illsley, chief analyst IT and...

Microsoft unveils Azure for Operators in most aggressive cloud telco pursuit to date

Microsoft has announced the launch of Azure for Operators to begin what the company calls 'a new chapter' in its telecoms industry collaboration.

The move, which aims to 'unlock the power of 5G and bring cloud and edge closer than ever', is the most explicit move to date from a hyperscale cloud provider looking to attract telcos.

It can be seen as the culmination of Microsoft's recent acquisitions of Affirmed Networks and Metaswitch, in March and May respectively. For...

Microsoft and AT&T further collaborate on IoT solutions with Azure Sphere

AT&T and Microsoft's cloudy collaboration continues: the two companies have announced the launch of a new integrated IoT offering to enable further global connectivity.

The enterprise-focused solution will integrate with Azure Sphere, an application platform with built-in features for internet-connected devices, alongside AT&T's core network.

Potential use cases include restaurants and cafes, as well as hospitals and manufacturing plants, being able to retrofit...

Google Cloud and Renault partner for Industry 4.0 optimisation

Google Cloud has announced a new partnership with Groupe Renault to accelerate the digitisation of the automotive manufacturer's industrial system.

Renault, which has been developing its own digital platform to aggregate industrial data since 2016, will utilise Google Cloud for analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence to improve its supply chain, production quality, as well as reducing environmental impact.

The move is being touted as a milestone for...