Google and Intel partner to  accelerate 5G rollouts

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The two tech giants will team up to help providers deploy their 5G networks.

Google announced this week that it will work with Intel to help cloud service providers accelerate their network transformation.

The two tech giants will specifically partner to develop reference architectures and integrated solutions. The companies said that these developments will aim to help CSPs to roll out their 5G and edge networks faster.

Speeding up “next wave” transformation

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

“As communications service providers build out their 5G network infrastructure, our efforts with Google Cloud and the broader ecosystem will help them deliver agile, scalable solutions for emerging 5G and edge use cases.”

Addressing three key areas

Google Cloud Vice President and General Manager, Networking, Shailesh Shukla, announced the partnership in a blog post this week. Under this partnership, Google will work closely with Intel in three main areas.

They will work on accelerating providers’ deployment of their Virtualized RAN (vRAN) and Open Radio Access Network (ORAN) solutions. They plan to also help by supplying next-generation infrastructure and hardware.

The team will launch new lab environments to help communications service providers innovate on cloud-native 5G. This will make it easier for them to deliver business applications to the network edge, according to Shukla.

In addition, the partnership will leverage Intel’s Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) and hardware infrastructure, based on Intel Xeon processor. This will also include new reference architecture to accelerate 5G vRAN with Anthos.

Google will also work closely with Intel “to create blueprints and solutions to accelerate edge transformation in key industries, such as manufacturing or retail,” according to Shukla.