Current Telco Cloud Developments and 5G Enterprise App Stores

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By Dimitris Mavrakis | 3Q 2019 | IN-5566


Leading Tier-1 Operator Deals with Cloud Giants


Several Tier-1 Mobile Service Providers (MSPs) have recently offloaded or outsourced data centers previously used for non-telecom network use cases. At the same time, a number of Tier-1 MSPs have announced partnership deals with Webscale and IT companies for the development of cloud apps.

The first of these was Verizon with its data center sale to Equinix in April 2017, a deal that included 27 data centers located in the United States and Latin America. More recently, Vodafone announced partnerships with Alibaba Cloud and IBM to get access to software development tools and cloud services. IBM will also provide managed services for Vodafone’s cloud and hosting unit in an eight-year engagement worth US$550 million, and Vodafone will get access to IBM’s expertise in enterprise verticals in order to develop applications for 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT), and edge computing.

A more recent—and aggressive—partnership was struck between AT&T, arguably one of the biggest and most profitable Tier-1s worldwide, and Microsoft.…

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