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Bell Canada deploys core network functions on Google’s edge cloud

Bell Canada deploys core network functions on Google’s edge cloud

Bell Canada and Google Cloud have announced a milestone in their strategic partnership with Bell’s deployment of Google Distributed Cloud Edge in its network.

This is the world’s first implementation of core network functions on Google Distributed Cloud Edge, a fully managed product that brings Google Cloud’s infrastructure and services closer to where the data is being generated and consumed. With this solution, Bell is able to reimagine its network to drive several key outcomes, including:

  • Scale: As data consumption reached record highs during the pandemic and continues to remain at new, higher levels, Bell is transforming to a multi-cloud network with Google Distributed Cloud as one of the key components in this transformation.
  • Efficiency: By combining both Google Cloud’s and Bell’s expertise in data analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, Bell is able to better automate and orchestrate its workflows and networks, running at higher capacity with less effort and more locations than ever before.
  • Innovation: With an open hardware and software approach, flexible cloud native network, and API-driven environment, this partnership allows Bell to drive new business opportunities and bring the solutions to market faster.
  • Flexibility: With the deployment of Google Distributed Cloud Edge, Bell has the flexibility to deploy core network functions like 5G and others, in a variety of different architectures, while optimizing for cost and performance.

“Bell is building a network of the future that will scale up to embrace the demands of 5G-enabled applications, and additionally enable us to offer these capabilities to innovative 3rd party application providers who want to tap into 5G networks,” says Petri Lyytikainen, VP Network, Bell. “Our partnership with Google Cloud and our work with Google Distributed Cloud Edge will help us accelerate our Cloud transformation journey.”

“Network data traffic is higher than ever and communication service providers are increasingly looking for new ways to achieve scale, efficiency, and reliability while also discovering new business opportunities,” adds Amol Phadke, Managing Director, Telecom Industry Solutions, Google Cloud. “By successfully deploying Google Distributed Cloud Edge in their networks, Bell is able to reimagine its infrastructure management while serving differentiated network experiences to both public and enterprise customers.”

This advancement builds on Bell and Google Cloud’s strategic partnership, announced in 2021, to combine Bell’s 5G network leadership with Google Cloud’s expertise in multi-cloud, data analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI), and to enable Bell to drive operational efficiencies, and deliver richer customer experiences. In addition, Bell and Google Cloud are working together to explore how 5G and mobile edge computing can power new opportunities across industries including manufacturing, healthcare, retail and government.

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