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CKH IOD selects Working Group Two for public cloud core network

  • As an industry-first, CKH IOD migrates its core network to the cloud – delivered as a fully managed software-as-a-service by Working Group Two and deployed on AWS
  • A cloud-based core network brings radical simplification, cost efficiency and a platform to leverage a developer community – to drive innovation and capitalize on disruptive technologies

Oslo/London, 1 December, 2021 – CKH Innovations Opportunities Development (CKH IOD) has entered into a contract with Working Group Two to move its core network to the public cloud. CKH IOD, a telecoms unit and international development hub of CK Hutchison, via a fully managed SaaS by Working Group Two, will deploy its mobile core network on Amazon Web Services (AWS). The agreement means that CKH IOD, and its MVNO, IoT and Private Network customers, can achieve radical simplification, speed up innovation, explore new revenue streams and get to market faster.

CKH IOD will leverage Working Group Two’s platform to deliver services across the CK Hutchison telecoms footprint in Europe, Asia and its wider international partners.

By evolving to a software-defined network, CKH IOD radically consolidates its vendor relationships and associated complexities. Working Group Two’s fully managed mobile core network also automates operations and maintenance to deliver a more cost-efficient service.

“Our collaboration with Working Group Two to deploy our core network on the public cloud delivers simplicity, improved operational efficiency and the ability to quickly develop new initiatives to meet market needs, with particular focus on the MVNO, IoT and Private Network space. It’s about achieving scale and the highest levels of security while reducing complexity – to the benefit of our customers and ultimately, end-users in our markets,” says Joe Parker, CEO of CKH IOD.

“CKH IOD earns a first-mover advantage by deploying a core built leveraging the webscale playbook. Being built on the cloud and delivered as-a-service, this core enables simplicity, cost efficiency and a continuous evolution of capabilities and features – with no end-of-life. In addition, they get access to a community of partners that build and integrate into the cloud core, giving a vastly enhanced pace of innovation. Under the umbrella of “everything as-a-service” the time has come to include the core network. We are incredibly excited to announce this landmark agreement,” says Erlend Prestgard, CEO of Working Group Two.

Working Group Two leverages the proven infrastructure and breadth of services from AWS to deploy a cloud-native core network.

“Working Group Two is a pioneer in building mobile core networks with much of the same philosophy that AWS builds infrastructure. Scalable, secure, consistent and API-driven, delivering the promise of efficiency and rapid innovation at scale,” says David Brown, VP and GM of Amazon EC2.

“With CKH IOD deciding to host its core network on the public cloud and have it fully managed by a third party under a managed SaaS model, we are witnessing a significant technology shift. By opting for a full set of capabilities from AWS, CKH IOD and Working Group Two can leverage the full benefits of the public cloud, including opening up for new business models. This will allow CKH IOD to scale their services and offerings with superior visibility and control. They will be stimulating a rapid pace of innovation with the highest levels of security and performance,” says Fabio Cerone, Managing Director EMEA, Telco Business Unit at AWS.

About CKH Innovations Opportunities Development
CKH Innovations Opportunities Development is a telecom unit and international development hub of CK Hutchison, creating international and global technological innovations that are built on one of CK Hutchison’s strongest assets, our mobile networks. We offer customised global mobile communications and data solutions that create new digital value and unprecedented opportunities for business. Our collaborative approach combined with our world-class network and experience means we are best placed to help our customers design, adapt, develop and scale solutions faster. Read more at https://www.ckhiod.com

About Working Group Two
Working Group Two has rebuilt the mobile core for simplicity, innovation, and efficiency – leveraging the web-scale playbook and operating models. Today, Working Group Two innovation enables MVNO, MNO, and Private Network Operators a secure, scalable, and reliable telco connectivity backbone that scales across all generations of mobile technologies. Our mission is to create programmable mobile networks to allow our customers and their end users to create more valuable and useful products and services. Read more at https://wgtwo.com

For more information
Erlend Prestgard, CEO, Working Group Two, +47 4542 9555, erlend@wgtwo.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Working Group Two and Mitsui Knowledge Industry Co., Ltd. (MKI) have agreed on a Partnership to develop Private Networks Business

— Drive the Private NWs Growth with its Fully-Managed Mobile Core NW SaaS —

CEO Erlend Prestgard of Working Group Two As, Oslo, Norway and President Kengo Asano of Mitsui Knowledge Industry Co., Ltd. Minato-ku, Japan, agreed on an MoU on providing WG2’s fully-managed Mobile Core NW SaaS product to accelerate the Private Networks business in the Japanese market. 

In the Japanese market, there is a clear interest in Private NWs due to the regulatory setup of Private LTE and Local 5G. However, there are complex issues to overcome and Private NWs require professional knowledge to acquire a radio license, to design and operate the Core Network, and to optimize the Radio Network, all with reasonable cost. The MKI-WG2 agreement solves these problems:

  • One-stop solution from client’s radio license acquisition to operational support
  • WG2’s Mobile Core NW built with a web-scale IT approach to simplify financial and operational aspects of the mobile system
  • Parties will encourage and enable the Private NW operators to create new business 
  • MKI will provide WG2’s Mobile Core SaaS as part of its offering as well as reselling it to other integrators to create a larger ecosystem

MKI has radio network knowledge, and WG2 provides Mobile Core as a service (SaaS) that radically improves the cost model. With this partnership, both parties will combine those strengths and lift the Private NWs business to the next level. 

 “Together with MKI, we make the journey of launching feature-rich private networks simple and affordable. MKI’s strong local presence and Working Group Two’s ability to distill complex core networks into simple-to-use APIs allow customers to launch full-service mobile networks at a small scale – with market-leading affordability,” said Erlend Prestgard, CEO and Co-Founder of Working Group Two. 

About “WorkingGroupTwo” (WG2)
WG2 has rebuilt the mobile core for simplicity, innovation, and efficiency – leveraging the web-scale playbook and operating models. Today, WG2’s innovation enables MVNO, MNO, and Private Network Operators a secure, scalable, and reliable telco connectivity backbone that scales across all G’s.  

Our mission is to create programmable mobile networks to allow our customers and their end users to create more valuable and useful products and services.

WG2 is an Advanced Technology Partner of AWS

https://partners.amazonaws.com/partners/0010h00001ZY6fDAAT/Working%20Group%20Two%20As

WG2 Website

https://wgtwo.com

Contact for further information: 

https://wgtwo.com/about-us/

 

About Mitsui Knowledge Industry (MKI) 

Under the slogan “Unite Knowledge, Ignite the Future”, Mitsui Knowledge Industry Co., Ltd. (MKI)  has been creating IT strategies and supporting the digital transformation of its clients as their strategic business partner specializing mainly in information and communication technology. By utilizing its wealth of “KNOWLEDGE” accumulated through its long experience in technological development and innovation continuing for over half a century, MKI remains consistent in its pursuit to live up to the high expectations of its customers as their most reliable “value creator”.

MKI Website:

https://www.mki.co.jp/english/about/