Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Nokia lends a hand to Three UK in cloud core network deployment based on Facebook data centre technology



Company to use Nokia’s AirFrame data centre solution which is also geared with Open Compute Project’s designs.

Finnish multinational ICT company Nokia has entered a partnership with Three UK to deploy what the company’s claim to be the world’s first fully integrated cloud native core network.

The new network is set to be deployed amid growing customer demand for voice over long term evolution (VoLTE) and high-definition video continues to grow and the need to scale for the IoT and 5G age.

Nokia has been tasked with the deployment of Three UK’s new core network in multiple data centre locations during 2017.

The flexible and scalable cloud platform employed is expected to increase Three’s efficiencies.

The project will also see the telco make use of Nokia’s Global Cloud Design Center opened in the UK in September 2016.

The deployment will include Nokia AirFrame data centre, which runs “any cloud-based application with ease”.

The solution has been inspired by Facebook’s own technology through the usage of intelligence shared through the Open Compute Project.

Nokia’s AirFrame data centre. Source: Nokia

In addition, Nokia will deploy IP routing and network management, Nokia CloudBand(TM), Nuage Networks software defined networking, evolved packet core, IMS, TAS, SBC, Shared Data Layer and security solutions.

Graham Baxter, COO of Three UK, said: “The cloud core network will enable us to scale even further and continue to offer great value and service innovation to our customers.”

Cormac Whelan, head of Nokia UK & Ireland, said: “This project highlights the breadth of Nokia’s capabilities in technology and services, as well as our extensive ecosystem of cloud technology partners.

“I am particularly proud of the role our new Global Cloud Design Center has played in first demonstrating the potential of an integrated cloud native core to Three, prior to working with the customer to tailor the design and delivery of a solution to meet its needs.”

Also this week, Nokia announced the intention to acquired Comptel for €347m in a bid to advance its software strategy.

The combination of Nokia’s Service Assurance portfolio and Comptel’s Service Orchestration portfolio would be used to simplify management of complex heterogeneous networks.

When combined with Nokia’s Cloudband(TM) and Nuage(TM) portfolios, Nokia would be able to provide an end-to-end orchestration of Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) deployments.