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Core Networks on Public and Hybrid Clouds

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Take advantage of public cloud infrastructure, automation, analytics, and innovation

There are many benefits of deploying your core network on public cloud, or across hybrid private/public clouds – fast time-to-market, investment agility, quicker operations, and new business opportunities with enterprises.

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5G standalone core (5GC) on public and hybrid clouds

5G is being deployed faster than any previous mobile generation, bringing new consumer experiences and helping enterprises shift to Industry 4.0.

To realize these capabilities, yesterday’s monolithic, static core must become a disaggregated, dynamic core. Such a move will open up broader ecosystem innovation, enable continuous software updates, allow rapid scaling for on-demand responsiveness – all supported by greater resiliency and security.

Some service providers are deploying their core networks on hyperscalers’ public clouds. In addition to transferring cloud complexity, service providers can benefit from the hyperscaler’s analytics expertise and ecosystem innovation.  

Nokia core networks (5GC, 4G EPC, SDM, IMS/VoNR) are deployable on any cloud. This includes central / regional / edge, and private / public / hybrid. Our cloud-native architecture works with Nokia Container Services, RedHat OpenShift, VMware Tanzu, AWS, GCP and Azure.


How do public and hybrid clouds help service providers?

The challenge is to ensure the mobile core network can readily use hyperscalers’ Containers-as-a-Service (CaaS). It’s also important to design for performance and scale of real-time applications. By doing so, service providers can address their business imperatives:

  • Automating lifecycle management, for operations that are more responsive & less expensive
  • Partnering with hyperscalers to pursue new business with analytics, enterprises & industries
  • Launching new applications & services, right now, while later optimizing traffic and costs
  • Serving a new customer, who has an uncertain trajectory, bypassing private cloud’s CapEx with public cloud’s OpEx

Nokia core on any cloud

Our core is deployable on any cloud and prepares you for the journey to Network as a Service (NaaS). We achieve this by applying seven key design principles:


Cloud-native foundation: apply hyperscaler technology to telco networks & operations.


Build a service intent network: orchestration designed into slicing and agile vertical services.


Put security first in the design of applications: detailed risk assessment and disciplined design.


Multi-vendor continuous delivery: enabling ongoing seamless upgrades with CI/CD.


Openness of networks and ecosystems: apply strong, uniform APIs for a programmable and open 5G.


Flexibility to use any cloud platform: design for performance and scale of real-time applications.


Design for lifecycle inter-dependencies: automate highly complex lifecycle management across cloud platforms.

Our customers’ deployments

Service providers are deploying our core into public cloud. Watch the video to see how it is done, or read about two customers’ deployments.

Nokia and DISH to deploy first 5G Standalone Core network in the public cloud with AWS

We deploy our 5G Standalone Core (5G SA Core) on AWS to enable automation required to meet DISH’s evolving customer needs, allowing DISH to support new enterprise and consumer 5G use cases quickly, securely, and across multiple cloud stacks at end customer premises. Nokia 5G SA Core on AWS allows DISH to offer the responsiveness, flexibility and efficiency that is needed to create innovative new services for its customers, while leveraging automation for ongoing operations and unlocking crucial capabilities, such as network slicing.    

Read more in the press release

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Nokia 5G SA Core deployed on AWS public cloud

“Running the Nokia 5G SA core on AWS will optimize our network operations to launch new software and services rapidly and efficiently, enabling the integration of countless innovative use cases for customers.”  
Marc Rouanne
Chief Network Officer, DISH

Nokia accelerates Telenet cloud services with 5G core deal

The innovative 5G cloud-native core deployment leverages near-zero touch automation to provide flexible scale performance capabilities, which empowers Telenet to develop its own telco cloud infrastructure with much less complexity – a first step in its transformation towards cloud-based services. The 5G core will be integrated on the Google Cloud infrastructure layer based on Google Cloud’s Anthos for more seamless implementation of innovations and quicker response times to market needs.

Read more in the press release

We are excited to continue our longstanding relationship with Nokia to rollout a robust core that will support the digital transformation and economic growth of Belgian communities.
Micha Berger
CTIO, Telenet / BASE

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