Ericsson announces plans to form global alliance with Amazon Web Services

Ericsson announces plans to form a global business, technology and services alliance with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to accelerate cloud transformation for telecoms service providers.

New technologies such as mobile broadband and the cloud have transformed the competitive battleground for service providers. Today's leading telecoms companies seek to capitalize on new opportunities such as IoT and big data analytics and at the same time, leverage the latest technologies to improve productivity and efficiency, increase agility, reduce complexity and risk, as well as create unique value for their customers.

Ericsson is working with AWS to help service providers seize these opportunities, drive the convergence of mobile infrastructure and cloud and give application developers and service providers new capabilities that accelerate innovation and enrich the Networked Society.

As part of this announcement, Ericsson is creating a global team of experts focused on the AWS Cloud and opening cloud innovation centers with customers, and AWS is supporting Ericsson in this effort. Ericsson will contribute expertise from its 25,000 R&D engineers and 66,000-person service workforce - more than 17,000 of whom are consultants and systems integrators, delivering 1,500 projects per year around the world.

Ericsson will establish cloud innovation centers with service providers and has already started work with Australian operator Telstra, who will host the first cloud innovation center in their Gurrowa Innovation Lab in Melbourne, Australia.

Ericsson will leverage AWS' services and expertise to work closely with service providers to implement a cloud adoption framework to fit their unique business objectives. The Ericsson teams will consist of program directors, solutions architects and system engineers who are trained on AWS and Ericsson technologies and bring together deep service provider industry and cloud domain expertise. AWS is  supporting Ericsson in this effort with a broad range of resources that may include solutions architects, professional services and training. The companies' efforts are designed to accelerate cloud adoption through cloud transformation programs, data center consolidation and application migration.

Additionally, Ericsson will use AWS services and expertise to develop solutions enabling service providers to build new capabilities and introduce attractive new cloud-related offerings.