Telia taps VMware to accelerate transition to virtualized infrastructure

Telia Company shared details on how it is working with VMware to accelerate Telia’s transition to a cloud-native infrastructure across its markets.
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Telia has 24 million customers in the Nordics and Baltics.

Telia’s total sales declined 1.1 percent to SEK 43,691 million in the first half of 2021. Service revenues decreased 3.1 percent to SEK 37,629 million. Telia’s adjusted EBITDA declined 0.3 percent to SEK 14,977 million.

Telia in July said it offers 5G in 22 cities in Sweden. Telia’s 5G population coverage reached in 47 percent Finland and 25 percent in Norway. Telia’s 5G achieved 95 percent population coverage in the largest cities. Telia is the sole 5G provider in Estonia.

Telia has selected VMware Telco Cloud Platform as the common network horizontal digital platform and will run 4G and 5G core network functions – both virtualized and containerized. VMware’s cloud-native platform enables Telia to deploy and operate multi-vendor CNFs and VNFs.

To date, Telia has deployed VMware Telco Cloud Platform across 24 sites in six countries – Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden. More than 50 percent of Telia’s entire network traffic – inclusive of Volte, vEPC and PCRF – is already running on VMware Telco Cloud Platform.

As part of its digitalization strategy, 100 percent of the traffic will be running on this platform by end of 2021 and Telia will move aggressively toward a completely cloud-native network to take full advantage of 5G, including at the edge.

Stefan Javerbring, Chief Technology Officer at Telia, said, “We harmonize our networks and operations across Telia Company – gaining scale and synergy on products, platforms and processes. We work with VMware for all our markets and customers.”

“Telia is at the forefront of building a network that embraces cloud-native and open principles, which will enable the fast and more secure delivery of 5G services to its enterprise customers. Telia is modernizing all aspects of the network – starting at the 5G core and working out to the edge and RAN,” Sanjay Uppal, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider and Edge, VMware, said in a statement.