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Get your core into the best shape for these tough times

Stay safe, stay well, stay connected

As I write this blog, I am at home working under lockdown. There’s a good chance you too are reading this in similar circumstances. Those of us lucky enough to still be working are using more data, replacing face-to-face meetings with virtual ones. At the same time, less fortunate people unable to work are increasingly going online to keep up to date, for education and to use streaming services for entertainment.

Staying connected is more important than ever. Especially for essential workers who are bravely on the ‘front line’ of the health emergency. Our heroic doctors, nurses and social workers need information promptly, ready for any situation. The strain on health workers is intense. I know because my sister is a doctor, often too busy to even take my calls. I salute them all.

Operators too are stepping up to the challenge. Around the world, operators are ensuring society can stay connected, companies can continue to work, families can keep in touch. Many operators have suspended data caps, upgraded broadband speeds, changed call center opening hours, provided additional services for free and created new virtual services.

It all adds up to a shift in network traffic profiles. Demand is not only growing, AT&T* reports up to 31% higher daily loading on its core network than the previous month, but also shifting to suburban and rural areas.

Keep calm and maintain quality services

Underpinning all this effort is the work needed to maintain uninterrupted high-quality voice and data services in the facing of growing and shifting load. For further insight, please visit Nokia’s COVID-19 web page.

One of the many important components for an operator is the mobile core network, quietly running in the background to secure, authenticate and run services delivered over networks. To continue to do this, the core must flex according to where the demand is.

In major installations, where the core is distributed across locations, the connection between mobile core network elements must be adjusted in line with geographically-related demand. Nokia can help operators achieve this through AI-powered optimization and monitoring, regardless of whether they have traditional core networks or have already invested in flexible and scalable cloud-native core network architecture to adapt to these new traffic dynamics.

Set your core network up to do its best

Our Mobile Core Assessment and Optimization service experts can recommend the most efficient ways to use available core network resources and support expansion. Once the core network is optimized and scaled, its health can be maintained through our Predictive Network Monitoring service which continuously measures network KPIs and learns the network’s behavior to predict potential incidents.

We don’t want operators to worry about the scalability, performance and reliability of their mobile core networks. Instead we want them to focus on keeping their services going to help everyone cope during this global crisis, to keep their employees safe and ensure their customers can all stay connected.

According to Analysys Mason, every third call around the world goes through a Nokia mobile core network element. We will help any operator keep its core network stable and robust as the foundation of vital connectivity to help people stay online and deal with the current situation.

Our experts stand ready to provide advice and guidance.

* https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html

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Zoltan Varnai

About Zoltan Varnai

Zoltan Varnai works in the Nokia Software Core marketing team. His professional passion is marketing of the core network with a special focus on 5G core programming capabilities. His personal passion is drumming – giving bands clock-like pace.

Tweet me at @VarnaiZoltan

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