BT chooses Ubuntu OpenStack to improve UK connectivity

BT, the UK’s most well-known telecoms company, is set to finally embrace cloud computing and increased network capability, such as 5G, after agreeing to adopt the Ubuntu OpenStack platform. This open-source software is delivered by Canonical, known for both producing Ubuntu and managing the commercial services that underpin such deals.

The deal they have set up will provide BT with a virtual infrastructure manager (VIM) to manage their operations on the cloud via OpenStack, with the company now able to run complicated networks as lines of codes, rather than needing specific hardware solutions.

This is particularly good for EE, which is BT’s mobile network operating arm, so the move into 5G, which is gaining traction in the UK, can be provided with open-source software instead of complicated hardware. It is likely to reduce costs, make it easier to roll out widespread adoption of faster networks and make network failures less likely due to hardware breakdown. Hardware networks are also tough to build, meaning that if a company wants to launch a product, it will take them more time than if they were able to run it through software using coding instead.

Data demands of UK users are skyrocketing, with the latest portable devices now capable of streaming movies - something that would not have been conceivable a few years ago. It means that telecoms and network providers must keep up with the demands of paying customers, so being able to fast-track 5G implementation becomes essential.