Nokia Networks said it is delivering the first commercial Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solution which brings cloud technology to services such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE).
Running VoLTE on a cloud platform enables operators to scale and cost-effectively cope with varying traffic by automating the necessary mobile network functions.
Nokia Networks is the first vendor to supply a commercial telco cloud solution compliant with ETSI NFV architecture for end-to-end VoLTE services. The first network implementation is scheduled to go live with a major operator by the end of 2014.
The company is also debuting Cloud Network Director, an orchestration tool that will automatically deploy, configure, optimise and repair a set of virtualised network functions to simplify the deployment of services like VoLTE.
Nokia Cloud Network Director will meet the needs of the recently published ETSI NFV Management and Orchestration specification and is the key component of fully automated network lifecycle management.
Complying with the ETSI NFV Orchestrator, Cloud Network Director will have open interfaces for easy integration with Virtualized Network Function (VNF) managers from Nokia (called Cloud Application Manager) and other vendors. It will also be integrated with existing operations and business support systems.
This multi-vendor capability ensures telco clouds can be implemented flexibly to match mobile broadband operators’ needs and integrate with existing systems.
“The prime motivations for operators to move to the telco cloud are business agility and network flexibility. We are making 2014 the year in which these benefits become reality for operators,” said Michael Clever, senior vice president of Core at Nokia Networks (pictured).
To ensure successful implementation, Nokia Networks cloud wise services will provide the expertise to integrate, operate and maintain the commercial NFV VoLTE solution.
The services will take into account the current network’s needs, appropriate virtualization technologies and the operator’s existing and potential partners. Integration with multi-vendor platforms and applications and protection against potential security breaches are essential.
Telco cloud partner certification programme
Nokia Networks is also announcing a telco cloud partner certification programme to strengthen its wide-ranging telco cloud partner ecosystem. The program enables third-party software to be certified with Nokia Networks’ telco cloud solutions to deliver extra value by working with the company’s virtual network functions. This approach ensures operators get comprehensive solutions, in line with ETSI NFV, to meet the highest quality and security standards.
“The commercial implementation of NFV capabilities is a major step forward in the development of the telco cloud which many operators are eyeing up as a way to make more efficient use of network capacity and gain greater agility in service provisioning. Making it all work properly together takes end-to-end expertise in telecoms, virtualisation and security,” said Sathya Atreyam, research manager, IDC.