Nokia Partners with Leading Cloud Providers to Develop New, Cloud-based 5G Radio Solutions

Nokia has inked a deal with Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure to develop new, cloud-based 5G radio solutions for customers

Finnish telecommunications equipment maker had inked a major deal with one of the world’s largest enterprises to develop new cloud-based 5G radio solutions. The company will use its networking technology array, like RAN (Radio Access Network), Open RAN, Cloud-RAN, to develop and support different customer-focused 5G solutions.

By leveraging its Open RAN and Cloud RAN leadership and combining it with best-in-class public cloud partners, Nokia is expanding its partners’ ecosystem and driving end-user business outcomes essential for monetizing 5G deployments.

“Open collaboration is key to the development of new and innovative high-value 5G use cases that will equip our customers with the tools they need for digital transformation,” Tommi Uitto, president of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said.

“This is part of Nokia’s continued commitment to leading an open mobile future, making it simple for our customers to take advantage of the 5G world helping to drive it forward.”

What They Said

Dave Brown, Vice President, Amazon EC2, AWS, said the partnership would help widen cloud technology reach to support their Telco and enterprise customers. It will also enable AWS to provide a range of cloud deployment options to its customers for building 5G Cloud RAN and Open RAN solutions.

Customers will be able to select different options to run 5G Cloud RAN using AWS Outposts, including Intel or ARM-based CPUs, even third-party bare metal servers while using Amazon EKS and EKS Anywhere.

“This will solve for the challenge of CI/CD, automation, and network orchestration by using a common framework of tools across Core and RAN,” Brown said.

Yousef Khalidi, Corporate Vice President, Azure for Operators at Microsoft Corp., noted the importance of “an open and interoperable ecosystem of solutions.”

Khalidi says the partnership will provide customers with choices for adopting cloud technology “to drive new revenue streams, reduce cost and future proof their network investment.”

“In the 5G era, we’re committed to delivering solutions underpinned by world-class engineering that support our customers’ requirements and help them to take advantage of 5G,” said George Nazi, Global VP, Telco, Media & Entertainment Industry Solutions at Google Cloud.

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