FORNEBU, Norway and SUNNYVALE, Calif. — The telecommunications company Telenor and Google Cloud entered a strategic partnership for digital transformation at Telenor.
Telenor and Google Cloud will “further explore areas of cooperation and define key strategic initiatives” to advance Telenor’s digital capabilities, according to Google Cloud last month.
Telenor is digitalizing and expanding its offerings, “going beyond connectivity.”
As the network is increasingly software-based, Telenor is exploring how to leverage Google Cloud’s expertise in data management, machine learning (ML), and artificial intelligence (AI) as well as the company’s infrastructure — to “bring together the complementary technologies” to Telenor’s customers.
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As part of the agreement, Telenor and Google Cloud will collaborate on key areas, including:
- Strengthening Telenor’s technology capabilities: Both companies aspire to transform and modernize Telenor’s IT and networks by looking into how Google Cloud’s services, global data center network, and security capabilities can be used. Both companies will also look to drive better customer experiences (CX) by leveraging Google Cloud’s data, analytics, and AI/ML technologies. Telenor and Google Cloud’s collaboration aims to support customers and industries to face their digital transformation challenges.
- Delivering growth through joint go-to-market activities: Telenor and Google Cloud will collaborate on expanding both horizontal and vertical services, creating new scalable revenue streams.
- Joint innovations: Telenor and Google Cloud will innovate and enhance the capabilities of current and future products, develop new modern industry solutions and services, and drive cost efficiencies. This may include developments to the next generation of virtual network function and edge computing, focusing on the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G.
- Bringing digital to customers: The two organizations will join forces to support companies, helping to get them online and guiding them through their digital transformations by providing access to support teams and next-generation solutions. The aim is to look at how solutions are developed, how businesses are responsibly run, and diverse ways of working.
“Telenor wants to work with leaders in the tech industry and stay committed to being at the forefront of modernization and digitalization,” said Sigve Brekke, president and CEO, Telenor Group.
“As connectivity is the foundation for building trust, we believe that together we can go beyond connectivity to enhance our offering to our customers with new and innovative solutions, whilst improving the overall experience of our current portfolio.”
Thomas Kurian, CEO, Google Cloud, said the company is “delighted to collaborate with Telenor to bring together the strengths of both our companies and accelerate innovation in the telecommunications industry.”
“We look forward to further driving Telenor’s ability to digitally transform its customers’ businesses with infrastructure, industry solutions and technology expertise.”
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