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Oct 12 2017

Communities will drive the future of SON. Here’s how to join

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One size doesn’t fit all – no two networks are identical.

This is the sharp reality operators face when problems need solving or new ideas must be put into action in their networks. The question you may ask is, why can’t we simply walk into a market and try out new ideas or shop for solutions that can be readily deployed? No orders, no releases, no deliveries, no fuss.

Such a market would be more of a community- one that builds, shares and grows together.

Does this sound like a whole other world? It’s not. This is the principle on whichthe new Nokia EdenNet Developer Community (EDC) has been built. It’s enabled by the industry’s first Open SON SDK, executed on the powerful EdenNet SON framework and accessed through Nokia’s Open Ecosystem Network.

As a member of EDC, you join a  a community of operators, ISVs and researchers, who collaborate to solve problems and make clever solutions available faster than has been possible before.

Part of Nokia’s Open Ecosystem Network, EDC is a web-based community that allows complete privacy and security for the creation of private projects, and the openness for unfettered collaboration, even between parties that have traditionally had limited opportunity to work together. It’s open for members who simply want to discuss and develop new ideas and leave it to others to build and deploy. Some members may only want to benefit from the creativity of others or do it all themselves - specify, build and trade.

You don’t have to work alone

So, what can you expect when you join EDC? You can consult with EdenNet experts around the world, or even access new pre-built and certified SON modules that you can deploy readily on your EdenNet platform.

You can also collaborate on new ideas and use the power of the community to turn the idea into a product. It’s an environment where you can receive guidance, learn, train, develop, test, certify, deploy and monetize.

While all this sounds promising you may well ask, why now?

SON will drive 5G migration, it cannot be an afterthought

Because  now is the time to start aligning for the coming onslaught of migration to 5G and Cloud. While the next generation network promises to open wireless networks to a variety of new opportunities, getting there first and dealing with the complexity requires SON - not as an afterthought but as an integral component behind the transformation to 5G and the Cloud. That’s why Nokia created EDC – to bring together people, tools and ideas to ensure the industry is ready before the first gNBs (next generation Node Bs)are deployed.

We look forward to welcoming you to EDC where the playing field is truly levelled. It’s a place where the best ideas succeed, no matter where they originate from.

How to join EDC

Join us at the SON World conference in London next week to listen to Nokia’s panel on “Propelling SON through a community of Innovators.”

To learn more about EDC or to join the community, visit the EDC website.

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About Deepa Ramachandran

Deepa is responsible for SON Technical product management for Nokia EdenNET where she translates operator's needs into product requirements. She loves to explore the great outdoors and her experiences with nature drive her passion to find simple and practical solutions.