Amazon Web Services and Ericsson announced a partnership at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday to help telecoms and communication service providers accelerate their cloud transformation. Under the partnership Ericsson will develop cloud innovation centers with service providers to help them deliver mobile apps efficiently and build gateways linking their data centers to AWS data storage.
Engineers and consultants from Ericsson, and solution architects, training, and professional services from Amazon will be dedicated to enabling the convergence between mobile infrastructure and the cloud for service providers.
Australian mobile and Internet provider Telstra has already begun hosting the partnership’s first cloud innovation center at its Gurrowa Innovation Lab in Melbourne.
“The mobile edge is what we do and on the other end are the mobile apps and the Internet of things apps and those developers are on Amazon. Both companies would like it if all that infrastructure worked really well together,” Ericsson Cloud business head Jason Hoffman told Fortune.
Barb Darrow of Fortune points out that Ericsson is looking for an edge on telecom network infrastructure competitors Huawei and Alcatel-Lucent, and mobile and IoT are the opportunities currently knocking.
“Service providers are seeing explosive growth due to the rapid adoption of mobile applications and IoT, which is driving the need to think differently about infrastructure and ecosystems,” said Terry Wise, AWS Vice President of Worldwide Partner Ecosystem. “Communications service providers are uniquely positioned to capture the upsides of the cloud adoption wave going on in the market. Ericsson’s new Cloud Innovation Centers, leveraging AWS service and expertise, are designed to empower communications service providers to accelerate innovation within their organizations and rapidly achieve the agility and cost optimization benefits of using AWS.”
Ericsson also announced Monday that it has joined the Facebook-lead Open Compute Project, which welcomed Equinix, AT&T, and Verizon earlier this year.