Google announced that it has joined hands with mobile network operators globally including India’s Bharti Airtel and South Korea’s SK Telecom for working on the next generation mobile networks. At the time of announcement, the company’s prime focus was on upgrading the mobile networks as there is increase in the users accessing internet through their mobile devices.
The company says that the mobile operators are steadily adopting same technologies that are being used at Google for networking infrastructure. “To support our partners as they roll out these networks, we’re working on a number of initiatives that we’re excited to share progress on today,” said Ankur Jain, Principal Engineer at Google, said in an announcement blog.
Google is building a platform for operators to run their network services. This platform provides a set of building blocks that have developed over a period of time. The networks are being enabled by the company’s own SDN framework to adapt to new services and traffic patterns. The new platform from Google will be available at low costs for operators while promises ability to deliver new features quickly.
This new platform enables simplified workflow management and automated testing to help quickly launch and iterate on new features. This platform also builds on our existing efforts to jointly experiment with mobile operators on richer APIs. These APIs will enable new operational models and help operators bring new features (such as Smart Offline) to people. The company said they are teaming up with mobile operators as they are designing their next generation networks to cater the increasing accessing internet via mobile devices.
Apart from existing partners (including Sprint, Rogers, and Telenor), the new names include Orange, Deutsche Telekom, and Globe. Mobile manufacturers who have also joined hands with Google are Micromax and Lava.