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Telefónica to offer local cloud-native connectivity for IoT through cell network

Written by Tue 9 Feb 2021

Spanish telco engineering cloud-native IoT network with Mavenir on AWS

Telefónica plans to launch a new managed service that will route AWS connectivity through its cellular network infrastructure for IoT cloud connectivity at the network edge.

The telecommunications company said its upcoming solution will “reinvent” IoT service delivery by providing customers in any country with a “local shortcut” to the internet from the nearest AWS region, thereby slashing the latency that can impact IoT devices’ connection to the cloud.

Direct and local access to the cloud will also enable IoT device users, typically in the manufacturing and industrial sectors, to leverage local data processing/storage and direct connectivity to other cloud services, e.g. AI services that can enhance IoT applications.

A pre-commercial solution is in development with cloud-native network software provider Mavenir and public cloud giant AWS.

“Together, we are providing a true cloud-native network solution for Telefonica’s IoT customers that combines AWS’s global infrastructure with the strength of Telefónica’s network,” said Fabio Cerone, Managing Director Telecom EMEA at AWS.

Mavenir’s technology enables network providers to take advantages of cloud-native tools that service DevOps principles of continuous and automated integration and delivery of code (or CICD).

In theory, this means Telefónica can build more network features, more quickly, while responding to and resolving network issues more efficiently.

Users will access the network via Telefonica Tech’s IoT device interface, KITE. Cloud-native capabilities will allow them to scale services up and down straightforwardly — efficiencies that have a sizable impact on operational costs if you’re operating a huge manufacturing plant with 1000s of connected machines.

“Telefonica is developing this disruptive innovation project, convinced that it will help us to maintain the IoT leadership reached with Kite Platform,” said Carlos Carazo, CTO IoT & Big Data at Telefónica Tech.

“Cloud-native point of presences will give a complete response to IoT customers with large bases of globally deployed devices,” he added.

Written by Tue 9 Feb 2021

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