BT turns to Canonical Ubuntu to enable next generation 5G Cloud Core

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Today, Canonical announces it’s Charmed OpenStack on Ubuntu has been selected by BT as a key component of its next generation 5G Core. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, will provide the open source virtual infrastructure manager (VIM) as part of BT’s Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) program, and the transition to a cloud-based Core network.

This open source cloud-based approach will ensure that BT can quickly deploy new services, and increase capacity to stay ahead of customer demand driven by 5G and FTTP. Canonical’s OpenStack architecture will also facilitate the delivery of BT’s full 5G Core network.

Openstack cloud software will enable the separation of network hardware and software, turning Core network components into software applications, meaning they can be updated faster with continuous integration and development. This separation allows different network applications to share the same hardware across data centres, making the network more resilient and scalable when additional capacity is needed. The speed at which software can be updated compared to replacing core network equipment will lead to a new way of working for the development of 5G services where BT can build new services in weeks and deploy in days.

Neil
J. McRae, BT Group Chief Architect, said: “Canonical is providing
us with the ‘cloud-native’ foundation that enables us to create a
smart and fully converged network. Utilising open source and
best-of-breed technologies will ensure we can deliver on our
convergence vision, and enable a world-leading 5G and FTTP experience
for our customers.”

Mark
Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical, said: “BT has recognised the
efficiency, flexibility and innovation afforded by an open
architecture, and realises the value of such an approach in enabling
its delivery of new 5G services. We’re delighted to be working with
them to deliver the foundation to this approach, which will underpin
BT’s 5G strategy.”

BT’s
EE mobile network switched on 5G in six launch cities on Thursday
30th May 2019.
Customers and businesses
in
London, Birmingham,
Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast are the first places in
the UK to experience the benefits of 5G. BT has also outlined its 5G
roadmap, which will see the cloud-based full 5G Core introduced from
2022.

The
higher
bandwidth and lower latency, coupled with expansive and growing 5G
coverage, will deliver a more responsive network, enabling truly
immersive mobile augmented reality, real-time health monitoring, and
mobile cloud gaming. The full 5G Core is also a vital step on BT’s
convergence of network technologies, bringing together fixed, mobile
and WiFi into one seamless customer experience.

Further
developments, able to be introduced with more agility thanks to the
cloud-based architecture, will introduce Ultra-Reliable Low Latency
Communications (URLLC), Network Slicing and multi-gigabit-per-second
speeds. This phase of 5G will enable critical applications like
real-time traffic management of fleets of autonomous vehicles,
massive sensor networks with millions of devices measuring air
quality across the entire country, and the ‘tactile internet’,
where a sense of touch can be added to remote real-time interactions.

ENDS

Notes
to editors:

BT’s 5G Core will be built on Canonical’s Charmed OpenStack, and utilise Canonical’s open source tools to automate the deployment and operations of their infrastructure. To deploy the virtual infrastructure manager (VIM), BT has adopted Juju and Charms for a model-driven architecture to onboard virtual network functions (VNFs) applications, while MAAS is used as the cloud provisioning tool. BT’s 5G Core will be backed by Ubuntu Advantage for Infrastructure for the ongoing management and support of operations.

About
BT

BT’s
purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world.
It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications
services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its
principal activities include the provision of networked IT services
globally; local, national and international telecommunications
services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move;
broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged
fixed-mobile products and services.  BT consists of four
customer-facing units: Consumer, Enterprise, Global Services and
Openreach.

For
the year ended 31 March 2019, BT Group’s reported revenue was
£23,428m with reported profit before taxation of £2,666m.

British
Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group
plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT
Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New
York.

For
more information, visit www.btplc.com

About
Canonical

Canonical
is the publisher of Ubuntu, the OS for most public cloud workloads as
well as the emerging categories of smart gateways, self-driving cars
and advanced robots. Canonical provides enterprise security, support
and services to commercial users of Ubuntu. Established in 2004,
Canonical is a privately held company.

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