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LG U+ and Nokia NSP

Automation of IP transport network for 5G services

 

LG U+ is a South Korean cellular carrier owned by LG Corporation, Korea's fourth largest conglomerate and parent company of LG Electronics. They offer hi-speed internet, VoIP and IPTV services as well as other data services to more than 14 million mobile subscribers. LG U+ has had 5G in service since April 2019.

Challenges

5G enables a wealth of innovative services that put unprecedented requirements on the IP network:

Speed

5G services targeting enterprise customers require network services to be quickly available on demand

Bandwidth

Bandwidth: 5G eMBB use case has strong capacity constraints

Latency

5G URLLC use case has strong constraints on services speed and availability

Solution

To meet the needs of LG U+ a new responsive IP backhaul network with continuous traffic assurance and optimization was required. The Nokia network services platform (NSP) automates network operations of 3rd party and Nokia FP4-based routers:

  • Connect the multivendor network to the OSS layer so that applications can easily consume network resources leading to greater operational efficiency and increased agility
  • Automate network operations and ease integration with orchestrators and OSS to accelerate 5G services rollout
  • Dynamically place and maintain network services on the best possible resource paths meeting the SLAs
  • Monitor the network in real-time to reflect the actual performance of 5G services against the strict SLAs
  • Opens up to transport network slicing – automation, assurance and optimization

NSP Network Diagram

 

 

“LG U+ provides differentiated services from competitors from sports and entertainment to games and life through 5G ultra-realistic service that changes our daily life. It was possible because the networks with low-latency, real-time network management, and automation functions strongly demanded by 5G could be deployed with Nokia in a timely manner.”

Songchul Park
Songchul Park / Head of NW Tech Operation Group, LG Uplus

Benefits

Time-to-market

Network automation enables to launch 5G services faster

Cost efficiency

A single platform to control and maintain the 5G backhaul networks from multiple vendors

Performance

Meet stringent 5G requirements in terms of bandwidth, latency and resiliency

Quality of service

Ensure service quality, reliability and security