August 4th, 2021 - Telecom, Roaming
By Ramesh Chellamani, Director of Product Management, Network Services, TNS
While 5G and public networks have been on a collision course for several months, Dish Network put this process into hyperdrive in April by announcing it had selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) to host its RAN and core networks. Mobile World Live noted that it is the first time a US operator will run its customer-facing operations on public cloud-based infrastructure.
Dish Network is leading the way in moving to a cloud-based network but is not alone as other mobile operators have signaled similar – if less aggressive – moves. At the same time, Amazon is joined by Microsoft, Google and others in building and tailoring public cloud offerings to telecom operators.
Telcos and non-traditional operators will be closely watching Dish as it shifts nearly all of its network functions into a public cloud environment with a 5G core inside AWS. Will the shift deliver on unlocking new revenues and reducing costs, while increasing scalability and flexibility?
For telecom providers evaluating public cloud networks for their 5G core and hosting telco functions, it is important to understand the benefits and challenges of moving from a private to a public cloud environment.
Benefits of a 5G-Enabled Public Cloud
If telecom providers have learned anything the past several years, it is that the evolution of 5G (or any generation of mobile network) is not an overnight process. Transitioning to the public cloud for 5G is no different; there will be functions that telcos can swiftly move to the public cloud, and others with a more distant time horizon.
The speed with which telecom providers spin up 5G capabilities in the public cloud will in part be driven by gaining an understanding of the benefits:
How TNS Can Enable Your 5G Public Cloud Journey
For decades, TNS has addressed the evolving needs of network operators around the globe, and as the industry evolves to 5G, IoT and other technologies, TNS leads the development of solutions to help carriers navigate a host of infrastructure complexities and maximize their network reach.
A single connection to TNS provides connectivity to carriers around the globe and access to a suite of advanced roaming, network, database and device solutions, including a powerful LTE roaming hub platform. With roaming agreements, relationships, reach and services already in place, TNS is the optimal partner for operators to quickly and effectively tap into the operational and customer-facing benefits of the public cloud for 5G capabilities. Also, TNS has a vantage point, unlike home network operators, to identify, screen and filter messages with malicious intent. This makes TNS an ideal telecom firewall gateway partner to all its sub-tending CSP and enterprise customers.
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Ramesh Chellamani is Director of Product Management, Network Services at TNS with specific responsibility for the network services solutions within TNS’ Communications Market business.