Ericsson and Amazon partner to bridge telecom and cloud services

For Ericsson this deal is the rainbow bridge that marries its telecom operations to the cloud.



Amazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery in the Manhattan borough of New York City, January 29, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

In a sign of growing convergence, Amazon’s web services division (AWS) and Ericsson have signed a deal which allows the its telecom customers to use public cloud services through Amazon’s web services.

Through this strategy, Ericsson hopes to bridge its telecommunication operations with that of cloud services and not be dependent entirely on its erstwhile technologies for its bread and butter operations.

Ericsson will provide the necessary software that will help telecom service providers to tap Amazon’s cloud services through which they can keep tabs on their customer’s data and localization requirements and at the same time provide for a preservation of data encryption.

In addition to creating the necessary software tools, Ericsson has also stated that it is in the process of creating a global team of experts who are adept at using the AWS cloud.

The first customer of this alliance will be Australian telecom giant Telstra.

Financial terms for the deal weren’t disclosed.