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Nokia Networks expands telco cloud portfolio, advances towards radio cloud #MWC15

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Nokia Networks expands telco cloud portfolio, advances towards radio cloud #MWC15

  • Introduces new architecture to maximize radio performance in the cloud
  • Breakthrough multi-layer architecture pioneers the use of Ethernet fronthaul and any combination of distributed and centralized deployments
  • Launches its Nokia Cloud Security Director to automate the deployment of security policies and functions in cloud networks

Espoo, Finland - 17 February 2015

Nokia Networks is unveiling its architecture for highly scalable, flexible and efficient cloud-based radio access networks. With Nokia Radio Cloud, processing capacity is allocated from almost anywhere in the network, such as an adjacent cell or a centralized data center, to where it is needed most for coordination and capacity. The multi-layer approach* supports distributed and centralized deployments, or a combination of both, using multiple fronthaul types, including Ethernet. This utilizes an operator's existing radio access and transport asset more efficiently, avoiding incremental costs to build new infrastructure.

The company is further expanding its telco cloud portfolio by launching its Nokia Cloud Security Director, and announces the commercial availability of its Nokia Cloud Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and Nokia Cloud Network Director to orchestrate virtualized network functions like EPC and VoLTE.

Security orchestration, reduced operational costs for operators
Operators can manage the entire lifecycle of virtualized security services with the Nokia Cloud Security Director. It features multi-vendor capabilities that allow the operator's security administrator to automatically deploy security policies and functions in cloud and hybrid networks. This saves operational costs and substantial work for operators to manually implement security in these highly dynamic networks.

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The telco cloud portfolio extensions at a glance:

  • Nokia Radio Cloud is based on an open ecosystem to maximize the use of open source software. It will be commercialized from early 2016 onwards.
  • Nokia Cloud EPC delivers better scalability and flexibility to cope with growing traffic demand as well as automation to optimize the use of network resources.
  • Nokia Networks will start shipping its Nokia Cloud EPC in Q2/2015, its Nokia Cloud Network Director in Q3/2015 and its Nokia Cloud Security Director in Q4/2015. 
  • The new components will be shown at the Nokia Experience Center, Hall 3, Stand 3B10.

Gabriel Brown, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading, said: "Radio is the next frontier to be explored in the telco cloud domain. Coordinating radio resource management and dynamic capacity allocation offers clear performance advantages.  Operators need cloud-based radio solutions that are flexible enough to meet a wide variety of target use-cases and, from an investment perspective, that map to their existing network topologies."

Jin-hyo Park, Senior Vice President and Head of Network Technology R&D Center, SK Telecom, said: "Through 'Cloud vRAN' (Radio Cloud), we expect to see more intelligence implemented in telecommunications networks and innovations in value-centered networks." He added: "SK Telecom will continue to cooperate closely with global companies like Nokia to develop core technologies for the next generation networks, thereby leading the advancements in 5G networks and the evolution of LTE-A technology."

Henri Tervonen, Vice President, Mobile Broadband Architecture, Nokia Networks, said: "This is the first radio cloud architecture that offers a layered approach with different deployment models to optimize performance by enabling basic capacity to be built near cell sites, and with peak capacity in the data center being redirected to follow traffic demand. Continuing the evolution from Nokia Single RAN and Nokia Centralized RAN, our Radio Cloud network architecture is a tremendous platform to prepare for upcoming  5G for core and radio."

Did you know?
Just 20% of a typical radio access network's total capacity is used at any one time, with 80% idle, waiting for peak hour demand. Nokia Radio Cloud separates coverage from capacity, so peak hour capacity can be allocated where and when needed, to reduce the need to dimension for peak hours and to make more efficient use of capacity.

Click here to download a picture that illustrates the telco cloud.

For other Nokia Networks launches at Mobile World Congress, view the news at www.networks.nokia.com/performance.

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TAGS:  telco cloud, cloud, radio access, RAN, virtualization, EPC, evolved packet core, cloud orchestration, security, cloud security

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Notes:

*Nokia Radio Cloud can be built on several layers:

  • First layer: Radio elements and antennas at the cell sites connected to the second layer of distributed cloud sites, with the available fronthaul. The solution supports Ethernet, OBSAI and CPRI fronthaul.
  • Second layer: Combines relevant cells into one radio cloud - traffic can be scheduled and coordinated more effectively. The second layer also enables co-evolution with existing distributed radio access.
  • Third layer: Radio elements and/or base stations connected to a centralized data center which includes peak baseband capacity and Evolved Packet Core (EPC). The data center is used to increase capacity temporarily as needed or to add capacity into the network.
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