Intel, Google team up to advance 5G, edge

Intel and Google Cloud are collaborating to develop telco cloud reference architectures and integrated solutions for communication service providers (CSPs), to accelerate 5G deployment across multiple network and edge locations.

The partnership spans three main areas focused on, first, accelerating the ability of communications service providers to deploy their virtualized radio access network (RAN) and open RAN solutions with next-generation infrastructure and hardware.

A second area of focus is on launching new lab environments to help CSPs innovate for cloud native-based 5G networks. Third is on making it easier for communications service providers to deliver business applications to the network edge.

“CSPs can adopt cloud-native technologies to harness the potential of 5G both as a connectivity solution and as a business services platform to deliver applications to the network edge,” said Shailesh Shukla, VP and general manager of networking at Google Cloud.

“Expanding on our work with the telecommunications industry, we are excited to work with Intel to help customers plan, test and deploy the technology and infrastructure needed to accelerate the delivery of cloud-native 5G for consumer and enterprise use cases,” said Shukla.

The telco cloud reference architectures and integrated solutions from Intel and Google will help CSPs further accelerate scalable network and edge deployment as they implement multi-cloud architectures. 

This is critical to achieving the full potential of 5G, edge and artificial intelligence across a range of industries, including retail, manufacturing and healthcare.

“The next wave of network transformation is fueled by 5G and is driving a rapid transition to cloud-native technologies,“ said Dan Rodriguez, corporate VP and general manager of the Network Platforms Group at Intel.

“As (CSPS) build out their 5G network infrastructure, our efforts with Google and the broader ecosystem will help them deliver agile, scalable solutions for emerging 5G and edge use cases,” said Rodriguez.