More people and devices are becoming interconnected as our reliance on digital technology continues to increase. While the connectivity between people is growing at a more manageable rate, the same can't be said for the tens of billions of devices that will be part of the Internet of Things (IoT). Nokia (News - Alert) is addressing this connectivity problem by extending the capability of its cloud packet core and supporting the widest range of access technologies in the industry to improve service quality.
Because the cloud packet core is built on cloud native architecture, it has been designed for massive scalability and enables a path to the upcoming 5G network with next generation communications. Nokia said it will deliver better performance, flexibility and reliability for broadband, IoT and Machine Type Communications (MTC) services in fixed access, wireless licensed, shared and unlicensed spectrums.
With this multi-access approach, fixed and wireless technologies can be used together or individually to deliver complex services for a seamless experience. The licensed spectrum will bring previous generation networks and the latest development in the industry, starting with 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G, as well Wi-Fi, MulteFire and LTE (News - Alert)-based CBRS, and fixed access.
“Broadband evolution to 5G and IoT/MTC will place a diverse set of service characteristics and requirements on the network. These services will need to be concurrently delivered across the widest range of fixed and wireless technologies to provide a seamless service experience and support extensive personalization,” said Sri Reddy, head of the IP Routing and Packet Core Business Unit at Nokia.
Reddy added that the Nokia cloud packet core will also improve operations for organizations to embrace and profit from mobile broadband, IoT/MTC and coming 5G next-generation communications opportunities. The platform has also been architected for the integration of feature set and capabilities for new rich 3GPP R13 Cellular IoT (CIoT) such as the CIoT Serving Gateway (News - Alert) Node, to support new service and application requirements, including narrowband IoT (NB-IoT).
Some of the features highlighted by Nokia include expanding on existing Cloud NFV deployment capabilities for rapid deployment and operational integration, and to engage expanded markets. This will build on cloud-native investment required today for 4G and converged networks so the path to 5G is simplified for more innovations in expanding services and network functions.
The business opportunities the cloud packet core will create is going to give multiple segments and verticals in consumer mobile, residential, enterprises and governments capabilities for delivering next generation communications.
Edited by Alicia Young