As I wrote earlier this week, some forecasts suggest that cellular network operators could potentially capture an additional $85 billion in revenue between now and the end of 2021 from non-core services related to big data analytics and Internet of Things enablement. Also this week we presented an array of stories about how Nokia (News - Alert) is delivering solutions to help them move on those opportunities.
For example, contributing writer Frank Griffin talked about a new Nokia solution called worldwide IoT network grid, or WING, that provides multi-country federation of IoT connectivity services. Using WING, enterprises and service providers can have a unified view of IoT devices, billing, customer care, and subscriptions.
“IoT connectivity as a managed service is an answer for enterprises to the current IoT deployments that are hampered by the patchwork of business agreements to connect devices around the world,” said Igor Leprince, head of global services at Nokia. “Nokia WING will provide one global IoT grid. We cannot do this alone, and we are reaching out to communication service providers across the globe to collaborate with us so that we can extend the benefits of the connected world to more industries.”
Contributing writer Michael Guta this week wrote about how Nokia has outfitted service provider Three UK with a cloud native core network. The supplier says this is the first network of its kind.
This network leverages the Nokia AirFrame data center solution, Nokia 7750 service routers, the Nokia Network Services Platform, the Nokia NetAct Cloud network management system on OpenStack, the Nokia CloudBand network functions virtualization management and orchestration portfolio, Nokia session border controllers, a Nokia virtualized evolved packet core, and much more. This network will allow the service provider to scale, better support IoT applications, and be ready for 5G.
Speaking of 5G, Nokia has also been working on 5GTF. That’s a pre-standard version of 5G that Verizon came up with, and on which the carrier is working with Cisco, Ericsson, Intel (News - Alert), Nokia, Qualcomm, and Samsumg – all of which are part of the Verizon 5G Technology Forum.
While we’re all waiting for 5G to arrive, 4G continues to move forward. And as contributing writer Steve Anderson explained on Monday, Nokia recently announced its plans on the 4.9G front.
Of course, as cellular networks get faster, they’re going to require faster backbone and backhaul technologies to help carry the load. And, as Anderson also wrote this week, Nokia is working on that as well via what he calls a new breed of fiber technology.
We’ll be hearing more about all this, he added, at the upcoming Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona.