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Open RAN

Nokia is committed to lead the open mobile future

Nokia is investing to lead in Open RAN and Cloud RAN solutions, enabling a robust telecom ecosystem with strong network performance and security

  • Nokia Open RAN solutions will deliver world class performance and security
  • Nokia’s Cloud RAN solution leads the market
  • Nokia is committed to enable a secure and open telecom supply chain

Features and benefits

CSP benefits of Open RAN with Nokia

Nokia’s experience and capabilities will be key to enable the development of Open RAN solutions.

Nokia is leading the early deployment of the RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) and the open fronthaul to establish viable openness on top of 3GPP standards.

Nokia Open RAN solutions ensure the same industry-leading standards for network security, network performance and cost efficiency, which our customers are used to with every mobile generation since 2G.

Nokia’s O-RAN support will be built on top of our existing AirScale platform, providing the same high performance and feature set our customers have come to expect.

CSP benefits of Cloud RAN with Nokia

While Cloud RAN and Open RAN have strong ties and are often discussed together, these are different technologies and one can be applied with or without the other. Open RAN defines open interfaces between network elements, while Cloud RAN virtualizes baseband and targets the separation of baseband hardware and software. Nokia´s AirScale Cloud RAN is one step ahead of the competition, virtualizing not only the 5G central unit, but also the 5G distributed unit. The solution with flexible scalability offers CSPs 5G coverage, capacity, low-latency and real-time cloud-based processing to meet changing demand, helping CSPs generate revenue from new 5G services, with lower TCO.  

The world´s first cloud-based 5G RAN in North America is powered by Nokia.

Society benefits of Cloud Native Open RAN with Nokia

Nokia is the first major vendor to join the O-RAN Alliance and it is co-chairing the workgroups that are defining the Open Fronthaul Interface and the near-real time RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC), which will help automate and optimize the network. In addition to the O-RAN Alliance, Nokia has championed open standards in 3GPP, the Linux Foundation’s ONAP initiative, ETSI’s Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) initiative, and more. Nokia is also the first major global RAN vendor to join the Open RAN Policy Coalition.

Nokia believes that policymakers, operators and equipment providers should work together to support research and development of emerging network technologies that include open systems, advanced 5G technologies and foundational 6G research.