Telia Accelerates Transition to Cloud-Native Telecom infrastructure with VMware

As an integral part of Telia’s company-wide transformation across its markets, Telia Company is working with VMware to accelerate its transition to a cloud-native infrastructure. Telia has chosen VMware Telco Cloud Platform as the common network horizontal digital platform on top of which 4G and 5G core network functions – both virtualized and containerized – will run.

The VMware Telco Cloud Platform is a cloud-native platform that allows Telia to quickly deploy and efficiently operate multi-vendor CNFs (cloud-native network functions) and VNFs (virtual network functions) with “agility, scalability and resilience.”

Photo Stefan Jäverbring, Group Chief Technology Officer at Telia
“The journey ahead will build out our innovation leadership with cloud-native operations, automation at scale, and edge capabilities,” said Stefan Jäverbring, Group Chief Technology Officer at Telia.

At the moment, Telia has deployed VMware Telco Cloud Platform across 24 sites in six countries. These countries include Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden. More than 50% of Telia’s entire network traffic – inclusive of Volte, vEPC and PCRF – is already running on VMware Telco Cloud Platform.

Telia will move aggressively toward a completely cloud-native network to take full advantage of 5G, including at the edge. As part of its aggressive digitalization strategy, 100% of Telia’s traffic will be running on this new platform by end of 2021.

“As part of our transformation, we harmonize our networks and operations across Telia Company – gaining scale and synergy on products, platforms and processes,” said Stefan Jäverbring, Group Chief Technology Officer at Telia. “On this basis, we drive full softwarization and automation at scale, with VMware as a long-standing strategic partner. The journey ahead will build out our innovation leadership with cloud-native operations, automation at scale, and edge capabilities – driving efficiency, quality, and time to market. We are excited to work with VMware to build out our success story for all our markets and customers.”

5G, Edge, RAN

Telia is at the forefront of building a network that embraces cloud-native and open principles, which will enable the fast and more secure delivery of 5G services to its enterprise customers,” said Sanjay Uppal, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider and Edge, VMware. “It’s been an honor to work side by side with the Telia team as they embark on this journey. We look forward to our continued partnership as Telia continues to modernize all aspects of the network – starting at the 5G core and working out to the edge and RAN.”

“Telia is the leading information technology, communications and media services provider in the Nordics and Baltics, one of the most innovative and digitized regions in the world,” said Dr. Rainer Deutschmann, Group Chief Operating Officer, Telia Company. “We constantly ‘Reinvent Better Connected Living’ for our 24 million customers and have embarked on a massive transformation journey to reinvent Telia as a lean and agile integrated telecoms and media powerhouse. Our partnership with VMware is critical in this endeavor. We have a shared vision, passion, and desire to lead in modernizing our networks and operations, to provide the best customer experiences in our markets.”

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