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Nokia Expands Telco Cloud with VoLTE, Orchestrator, More

By Paula Bernier September 04, 2014

Nokia, which has issued a flurry of announcements leading up to next week’s CTIA event, today came out with four more news items – all of which relate to its Telco Cloud strategy.

The company began its launch of Telco Cloud solutions last year, Sandro Tavares, Nokia Networks’ head of marketing for Mobile Core, noted in a late August briefing with NFVZone. The goal of Telco Cloud is to expedite new service introductions, lower costs, address fluctuating customer and service demand, and delivering a better customer experience, according to the company.

New now under the Telco Cloud umbrella are:

• a VoLTE cloud solution that leverages network functions virtualization;

• a network orchestrator called Cloud Network Director, which controls everything going on in the operator cloud – managing demand, assigning bandwidth, and handling other resource assignments based on demand at any particular time;

• services that help operators plan, build, secure, and operate their own cloud networks; and

• a certification program through which partners can pre-test and pre-integrate software solutions from third parties to run on the operator cloud.

Cloud Network Director is slated for general availability starting in 2015. The other three new offerings are expected to be available in late 2014.

Tavares says the cloud, NFV and SDN are guiding technologies in Nokia Networks’ Telco Cloud efforts.

In other recent networks from Nokia Networks, the company yesterday announced it is enhancing its Liquid Radio to solution to support higher density deployments; expanding its TD-LTE radio portfolio with a 3.5 GHz carrier aggregation capable radio; unveiling the Flexi Metro Remote Radio Head, 60MHz LTE carrier aggregation solution; and partnering with Intel to open an LTE application innovation center in the U.K.

“Operators are densifying their networks by splitting macro cells or adding more network layers for the vital extra capacity needed especially in metropolitan areas,” explained Thorsten Robrecht, vice president, Mobile Broadband portfolio management at Nokia Networks. “As the distance between cells decreases and network layers increase, mobile devices cause greater interference. Liquid Radio realizes the full performance of high density macro networks with increased cell density, less interference and maximum throughput.”

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Executive Editor, TMC

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