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At the leading edge of 5G

Why is it time for Cloud RAN?

As the industry is increasingly adopting 5G, flexible and scalable solutions are needed to fully deliver on the 5G promise.

Cloud RAN is about meeting the requirement for edge computing as an enabler for new use cases. Furthermore, operators are looking for ways to benefit from the private wireless business opportunity. Cloud RAN can be referred to as Virtualized Radio Access Network (vRAN). Its characteristics include agility, flexibility, and openness. Nokia Cloud RAN brings the needed agility for operators and industries. It complements the existing network assets, helps operators build synergies with enterprise on-premises cloud, and paves the way for 6G.

What is Cloud RAN?

Cloud RAN introduces an architectural evolution to Radio Access Networks. It means that RAN hardware and software are disaggregated: To take full advantage of the cloud-computing model, the functions are built with cloud-native design. With RAN virtualization, it is possible to use shared edge infrastructure for edge cloud deployments. This architectural evolution is about introducing 5G radio capacity for new services in the enterprise space.

Why is Cloud RAN important?

Cloud RAN drives the next level of network agility for operators and enterprises in collaboration with the industry ecosystem. Reliable, real-time wireless connectivity is a game-changing application in the enterprise IT environments. For mobile operators, Cloud RAN brings the opportunity to deliver innovative technologies and services that help establish new business and revenue models with enterprises. It also opens the door for closer collaboration with public cloud providers.

Shared cloud infrastructure helps use network resources more efficiently and cost effectively. Enterprise applications can be co-hosted with 5G Cloud RAN in the on-premises cloud at the edge of the network. Network operations can be automated and simplified in a non-telecom environment for further synergies.

What is the role of Cloud RAN in digital transformation?

Digital technologies are transforming industries and enhancing productivity in a completely different scale than ever before. 5G Cloud RAN helps physical industries embrace the benefits of digitalization. Today, digital industries such as online retail, media and banking are way ahead of physical industries in adopting digitalization. 5G Cloud RAN is the reliable, real-time adhesive between the physical and digital worlds, helping industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, logistics, mining, and energy to jump start their digital transformation with private wireless connectivity.

Nokia’s Cloud RAN solution comes with feature-richness and full feature parity with Classic RAN including seamless continuity and the same carrier-grade high performance Nokia is known for. Nokia’s cloud-native Cloud RAN software will be common with our purpose-built deployments and will tick every imaginable box for what is considered cloud-native.
The collaborative advantage: Nokia and partners delivering best-in-class Cloud RAN solutions.

The collaborative advantage: Nokia and partners delivering best-in-class Cloud RAN solutions

Nokia Cloud RAN – at the leading edge of 5G

Nokia Cloud RAN enhances the potential of existing cloud infrastructure with real time 5G wireless connectivity. It fulfills the promise of a reliable connectivity application, fit for IT cloud environments. Nokia is actively collaborating with the industry ecosystem to further advance the development of 5G edge cloud solutions. We are a preferred partner of all three major hyperscalers: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, and Microsoft. Read more about our industry collaboration with these webscale companies here:


Nokia and AWS to enable cloud-based 5G radio solutions


Nokia and Google Cloud partner to develop new, cloud-based 5G radio solutions


Nokia partners with Microsoft on cloud solutions for enterprise

Supporting the openness is part of the Nokia Cloud RAN DNA. These blog posts describe our recent collaboration:


Nokia and IBM enable 5G cloud solutions for enterprises


Disaggregate the RAN with VMware and Nokia

Red Hat and Nokia

Red Hat and Nokia collaborate to accelerate 5G RAN technology innovation

Wind River and Nokia

Wind River and Nokia successfully complete tests

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