The operator, which provides services under the brand name O2 says this move will allow it to quickly deploy and make updates to its network.
Telefónica will be using Google’s cloud infrastructure for its 5G core. The operator says it will deploy Google Distributed Edge in its data centres which will bring cloud infrastructure and services closer to where the data is being generated and consumed within its 5G network.
This move will bring quicker updates and deployments to Telefónica’s network, as well as the delivery of new networking solutions for private and business customers. Telefónica will also use the network to test customer applications for mobile broadband, network slicing, real-time applications and private 5G networks.
“The cloud is a true game changer in 21st century digital connectivity. It enables us to bring innovations to market faster, flexibly manage the computing power we need, and deliver new 5G applications to our consumers and business customers alike” says Mallik Rao, Chief Technology & Information Officer at O2 Telefónica.