Russian operator MTS chose Canonical’s Charmed OpenStack cloud computing platform to power the operator’s next-generation cloud infrastructure, to support future service launches such as 5G.
In a statement, MTS said the partnership will decrease launch time of new products and increase deployment of new services for its 77 million subscribers, including the operator’s eventual 5G launch. The partnership also reduces costs by cutting the operator’s ownership of cloud infrastructure.
The project will begin next year with Canonical’s Charmed OpenStack solution to be deployed across 11 MTS data centres in Russia.
Victor Belov, MTS CTO, said the partnership is part of plans to eventually “migrate towards open-source software”. He also noted building an ecosystem using OpenStack “will speed up our technology adoption, lay a foundation for future 5G rollout, and enhance our network’s edge compute capabilities.”
Regis Paquette, Canonical Global Alliances VP added: “Canonical is truly excited to partner with MTS and provide a platform on which they can roll out their 5G network,”
“The partnership will help build an underlying network and IT infrastructure bringing the latest updates in a predictable and automated fashion. With comprehensive security built-in, and unified automation from core to remote edge locations, this partnership places MTS at the forefront of innovation with open source.”