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Evolve your optical network to deliver extraordinary 5G experiences

The 5G era will bring compelling new services, revolutionary applications and endless business opportunities. But technologies that enable quick and efficient partitioning, or slicing, of end-to-end network resources are pivotal to 5G success. That’s why network slicing is a hot topic, especially the problem of ensuring slice QoS throughout an end-to-end 5G network, including RAN, fronthaul, backhaul, metro network aggregation, data center networking and interfacing with the network core.

Innovative new technologies such as the Nokia Network Functions Interconnect (NF-IX) architecture can work with software-defined networking (SDN) controllers and orchestration to address this issue. This is the case with the recently introduced Nokia 4G-5G Network Slicing solution. However, the combination of 5G capacity and latency requirements and new SDN architectures will make the success of service providers and their enterprise customers more dependent than ever on optical networks.

Optical network leaders will be called on to help create the foundation for a successful 5G deployment. To deliver the extraordinary experiences customers expect and achieve your business goals, you need to ensure that your optical network will be ready to:

  • Meet the strict latency, agility and scalability requirements of new 5G services
  • Use automation to simplify 5G network operations and streamline the deployment of optical connectivity services for any site, application or customer
  • Provide strong security that can keep your 5G network infrastructure safe from attacks and intrusions

The key to meeting these challenges is to evolve your optical network to make it more programmable, scalable, high-performing and secure. This calls for solutions that can combine service delivery intelligence with advanced network telemetry and machine learning-based automation to support an insight-driven approach to optical networking.

An insight-driven optical network will automatically translate human intents into actions that fulfill your business, service and networking needs. It will enable you to meet increasing performance demands and support new revenue-generating services while reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) for your network.

Deliver on the critical networking requirements of the 5G era

To enable insight-driven optical networking, you need scalable, open transport equipment that can provide higher levels of performance and security for cell sites, fronthaul, backhaul, aggregation, edge data center interconnect (DCI) and core. You also need open software applications that can help you automate your optical network to support key 5G technologies such as network slicing.

The right optical hardware and software capabilities will enable you to tackle six networking requirements that are pivotal for 5G success.

Flexible fronthaul solutions

Reduced service latency is a critical differentiator for 5G services. You can deliver on 5G RAN scale and latency requirements with flexible optical fronthaul solutions that support precise RAN synchronization, Time-Sensitive Networking and converged transport of all traffic streams.

Performance and scale for backhaul, metro aggregation and core

5G will bring unprecedented volumes of data traffic to your backhaul, metro/regional aggregation and core networks. To prepare for this traffic, you need high-performance optical transport platforms that give you the scalability and flexibility to aggregate 100/400GE connectivity and interconnect 5G-enabled edge data centers.

Performance and scale for cloud DCI

The latency demands of some 5G services will require you to shift data center compute and storage capabilities to the edge of your network, closer to customers and things. Platforms designed to meet the enhanced performance, scale and security demands of cloud DCI over metro, regional and long-haul distances will help you succeed with these services.

Automation to efficiently hard slice the network

5G applications require assured, high-performance optical connectivity for cell sites, edge cloud data centers and exchange sites. You can meet these requirements with software-based automation that makes it easy to hard-slice your optical network to support dynamic 5G network slicing. This automation will also enable you to rapidly monetize network capacity by supporting new business models.

Automation to rapidly deploy optical equipment in a dynamic 5G environment

Networking needs will change quickly in the 5G era. Automated solutions that let you rapidly identify and deploy the optical equipment required for specific 5G applications will help you keep pace and keep costs in check .

Strong security for optical network infrastructure

Thieves and intruders could be targeting your confidential data. To keep them out, you need robust, 5G-ready security solutions that include capabilities such as transport wavelength encryption, centralized key management and OTDR-based intrusion detection.

Take the next step toward 5G

There are several end-to-end factors to consider you evolve your network for the 5G era. Optical network transformation is one of the most important of these factors given the crucial role that it will play in ensuring your 5G success.

We’re ready to help you transform your optical network into a platform for delivering extraordinary 5G experiences. Visit our webpage or read our brochure to learn how our comprehensive insight-driven optical networking portfolio can provide the high levels of programmability, scalability, automation and security you need to unlock the endless possibilities of 5G. Read more about the Nokia 4G-5G Network Slicing solution in our latest press release.

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Scott Larrigan

About Scott Larrigan

Scott is responsible for marketing Nokia's Network Infrastructure optical networks portfolio.  Scott has over 20 years of experience in the telecom industry with roles ranging from marketing, business development, product management, and R&D. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree, specializing in computer science, from the University of Manitoba in Canada. He also is a co-author of 4 patents related to IP networking technologies.

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