AlcaLu, Fujitsu Help Build AT&T's Cloud Network
AT&T has named two new suppliers for the cloud networking project that the operator expects to help it reduce capital expenditure.
Ahead of its second-quarter earnings Wednesday, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has named Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Fujitsu Ltd. (Tokyo: 6702; London: FUJ; OTC: FJTSY) as new suppliers for its User-Defined Network Cloud project. (See AT&T's Cloud Future Takes Shape.)
AT&T envisages the project as a multi-service, multi-tenant platform where many more networking functions will be performed in software, allowing the operator to scale services much more easily and quickly. The eventual aim is to let AT&T's customers tailor the network to their own needs themselves, once it has adopted SDN and NFV. (See AT&T Puts SDN/NFV in Driver's Seat.)
"The architecture and deployment teams are finalizing their planned introduction of this new architecture, which we expect to roll out later this year and early 2015," said Tim Harden, president of AT&T's supply chain, in a statement about the project Tuesday.
AT&T previously said in 2014 that it had selected Amdocs Ltd. (NYSE: DOX) and Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) as suppliers. AT&T now says that AlcaLu, Fujitsu, and Juniper will help it to build the cloud platform.
In February, AT&T said it had selected Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), Tail-f Systems , and Metaswitch Networks for further discussions on design and deployment. Startup Affirmed Networks Inc. is working with the operator on virtual evolved packet core (VEPC) for its LTE network. (See The Rise of Virtual EPC.)
As well as pulling in lots of outside help, AT&T said in May that it is considering building its own SDN controller for the cloud project. (See AT&T Working on Home-Grown SDN Controller for Later in 2014 .)
AT&T says it's not adjusting its capex guidance based on the new vendor additions yet, but it does expect the cloud program to "reflect a downward bias towards capital spending" over the next five years.
— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading