BNET Uses AWS to Launch Broadband Network, Cut Costs, and Gain Network Insights
BNET (Bahrain Network) is a Bahrain-based telecommunications company and the national broadband network that connects the Kingdom of Bahrain through fiber-optic infrastructure. BNET’s goal is to roll out fiber infrastructure to all licensed telecommunications operators and internet service providers in Bahrain, as well as in 95 percent of all households across the Kingdom, in an effort to enhance national broadband connectivity.
“We believe strategic governance is key to our success, guided by a carefully crafted strategy,” says Mohamed Bubashait, chief executive officer of BNET. “Our strategy cascades from top down and is embedded in all our employees’ objectives. This ensures everyone at BNET is continuously engaged and invested in their roles towards achieving the company’s overall vision and helps us follow an institutionalized approach to executing our plans.”
BNET’s launch back in 2019 played a crucial part in the implementation of the fourth National Telecommunication Plan (NTP4), especially in relation to fostering digital growth through enabling the development of innovative digital services in Bahrain. BNET’s vision centers on creating a technologically-advanced digital communication infrastructure that enables a safe, secure, and smart Kingdom, contributing to Bahrain’s economic growth and consumer welfare. A core part of BNET’s strategy is to continuously introduce and utilize innovative technologies in its daily operations to ensure high efficiency and effectiveness. This made building its IT systems on the cloud an obvious choice for BNET.
By running our business applications on AWS, we have the agility and scalability to not only become an independent business, but also grow that business quickly.”
Chief Technical Officer, BNET
Seeking to Quickly Separate from a Parent Company
The company also had to meet compliance standards with security and data privacy regulations mandated by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the Kingdom of Bahrain. “We had milestones to reach, including individual deadlines for access control separation, platform separation, and physical separation from Batelco,” says Bubashait. “To meet these requirements, we knew we needed more agility and scalability than we could get from an on-premises solution. We had to move to the cloud.”
Building an Application Environment on AWS
Additionally, BNET uses Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) for MySQL for customer data, and it takes advantage of cloud-native services including AWS Lambda, Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS), Amazon API Gateway, and Amazon Elasticsearch Service.
Using the new, automated, “zero touch” solution, BNET customers—telecommunications operators and retailers—can provision compute capacity on demand and launch service-billing applications. “With these capabilities, end users can launch a broadband application service and the fulfillment, assurance, and billing do not require any manual intervention,” Abdulrahim says.
Launching a Telecommunications Company in 1 Year
Working with its strategic partners Ebit and BearingPoint//Beyond to migrate to the cloud, BNET was able to separate from Batelco and launch its BSS and OSS in 8 months because of the agility and flexibility of AWS. “It would have taken us much longer to separate from our parent company and create a new environment if we were using a conventional data center and procuring and installing hardware,” says Abdulrahim. “By running our business applications on AWS, we have the agility and scalability to not only become an independent business, but also grow that business quickly.”
Ensuring Compliance with TRA Regulations
The company saved time by automating the creation of an environment for running secure and scalable workloads while implementing an initial security baseline by constructing core accounts and resources. “Security and compliance are critical for any telecommunications service provider,” says Abdulrahim. “Using AWS best practices and the security capabilities of AWS, we can comply with TRA requirements and take advantage of built-in security for our deployments. In addition, working closely with BearingPoint//Beyond, we are providing more access control capabilities.”
Driving Down Costs and Investing in Innovation
In addition, rather than spending time managing backend systems, the company can focus more on launching new projects and features. “We can be more innovative as a company because we’re not focusing on hardware and IT management,” says Bubashait. “For example, we are building a new data lake on AWS to help us gain full visibility and real-time network insights across all signal towers, network hubs, and fixed-line broadband and phone networks.”
Delivering Reliable Services to More than One Million People
As BNET continues to evolve, it is expanding its AWS implementation to support SAP S/4HANA and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. “BNET was born on the AWS Cloud, and we have already experienced faster time-to-market, agility, reliability, and security benefits,” says Abdulrahim. “We look forward to growing our business on AWS.”
BNET is the national broadband network for the Kingdom of Bahrain, providing network connectivity through ultra-fast, fiber-optic infrastructure. The company’s vision is to create an advanced digital communication infrastructure that helps create a safe, secure, and smart kingdom and contributes to economic growth and consumer welfare.
Benefits of AWS
- Launches new broadband network in 1 year
- Meets compliance with telecommunications regulations
- Invests more in innovative products and new features
- Gains visibility into signal towers, network hubs, and fixed-line broadband and phone networks
AWS Services Used
AWS Lambda is a serverless compute service that lets you run code without provisioning or managing servers, creating workload-aware cluster scaling logic, maintaining event integrations, or managing runtimes.
AWS Landing Zone
AWS Landing Zone is a solution that helps customers more quickly set up a secure, multi-account AWS environment based on AWS best practices.
Amazon RDS for MySQL
MySQL is the world's most popular open source relational database and Amazon RDS makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale MySQL deployments in the cloud.
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