Google Cloud today announced three new products aimed at communications service providers (CSPs) to help them transform their networks with hybrid cloud technologies.
At MWC 2023, technology giant Telecom unveiled Network Automation, Telecom Data Fabric and Telecom Subscriber Insights, which will provide telcos with an all-in-one cloud solution to build and manage a hybrid cloud network.
The cloud storage provider also promises that the products will help them “collect and manage network data; and improve customer experiences through artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics.”
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Google Cloud is also updating its Google Distributed Cloud Edge (opens in new tab) (GDC Edge) to enable CSPs to bring the cloud to more parts of their radio access networks (RANs) and 5G networks, and the introduction of the Network Function Optimizer (opens in new tab) for the Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), enabling CSPs to run their networking functions in any Google Cloud region.
With more than 70% of CSPs moving to the cloud for networking functions by the end of the year, Google believes its new Telecom Network Automation will accelerate network and edge deployments by leveraging automation tools in the cloud.
It is a cloud version of the open-source Nephio (opens in new tab) project, which Google developed last year in collaboration with The Linux Foundation. Google claims the new Telecom Network Automation will help CSPs “improve time-to-market, multi-vendor interoperability, reduce error-prone configurations, and lower operational costs.”
It’s now available in private preview worldwide, though Bell Canada has had access to an early release and is currently using it to “automate the deployment of Google Distributed Cloud Edge.”
“Our partnership with Google Cloud furthers our goal to fully automate our core 5G hybrid deployment with controls over Google Kubernetes (GKE) and Google Distributed Cloud Edge,” said Bell Canada VP Petri Lyytikainen.
Also available in private preview worldwide is the second of Google’s newly announced products, Telecom Data Fabric. This aims to make data collection by CSPs easier and gain insights faster.
BigQuery and DataPlex data mesh architecture is used to unify the data and improve reusability, and to meet data governance and sovereignty requirements. It also leverages Vertex AI so CSPs can create AI applications “that support cross-domain network operations, energy efficiency, subscriber experiences, and monetization.”
Google’s third and final product, Telecom Subscriber Insights, also leverages AI and is designed to help telcos realize the best strategies to increase customer engagement while promising to do so “in a privacy-safe manner” . Google believes it will help CSPs “understand subscriber behavior, cross-sell and upsell, manage churn, and acquire new customers more effectively.” Again, this is now also available globally in private preview.
As network costs for telcos continue to rise, Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian believes that “CSPs have the opportunity to bridge the gap between today’s connectivity and tomorrow’s connectivity.”