Leveraging the evolution of telecommunications from physical devices to virtual network functions and now cloud-native solutions, Google Cloud and Nokia today announced a global strategic partnership to enable Communications Service Providers (CSP) to increase readiness for solutions that address business needs.
Recognizing that global CSPs can already unlock monetization opportunities by driving 5G connectivity and advanced services to enterprise customers at the edge of the network, to bring new digital experiences to consumers, the partners said they would enable CSPs to modernize their infrastructures. network, build in a cloud. -Native 5G core and develop the edge of the network as a business services platform for enterprises.
Under the partnership, Google Cloud and Nokia will work closely together to validate, optimize and develop the native network functions of the cloud. The two companies said they would also jointly innovate solutions to help CSPs deliver 5G connectivity and services at scale.
Google Cloud and Nokia will create solutions that will unite Nokia’s 5G operations services and network capabilities with Google Cloud technologies in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and analytics, running on Anthos as a platform for moving workloads at the edge of the network. across public and private clouds.
As part of the collaboration, Nokia will also supply its voice core, cloud packet core, network exposure function, data management, signaling and 5G core. This includes Nokia’s Impack Internet of Things (IoT) connected device platform, which is designed to enable hands-free, automated activation and enables remote management of IoT devices, as well as Nokia’s converged charging solution to provide classification. and uploads in real time. capabilities that enable CSPs to capture new revenue opportunities from the 5G economy.
Anthos for Telecom will serve as a platform for application deployment, so CSPs can build an ecosystem of services that can be deployed anywhere, from the edge of the network to public clouds, private clouds, and carrier networks. By offering cloud-native applications at the edge, companies can benefit from lower latency and reduce the need for expensive on-site infrastructure, enabling them to transform their businesses in industries such as smart retail, connected manufacturing. and consumer digital experiences.
“Communications service providers have a great opportunity ahead to support enterprise digital transformations at the edge of the network through 5G connectivity and cloud-native applications and capabilities,” said George Nazi, vice president of telecommunications, media and entertainment industry solutions on Google Cloud. “Doing so requires a modernized infrastructure, built for a cloud-native 5G core, and we are proud to partner with Nokia to help the telecommunications industry expand and support these customers.”
Ron Haberman, Chief Technology Officer for Network and Cloud Services at Nokia, added: “Nokia is excited to be working with Google Cloud serving our customers, both CSP and enterprise, to provide choice and freedom to run workloads on premises. and in the public cloud. Cloud native networking and automation will enable new agility and use cases in the 5G era. “
One of the CSPs to which Nokia and Google Cloud intend to provide such services is Deutsche Telekom, which, according to Alex Choi, senior vice president of strategy and technology innovation at CSP, is on a journey to transform into a new open and unbundled platform. and cloud-native infrastructure with an automated production model. “We are excited to see two innovative organizations like Nokia and Google Cloud joining forces to accelerate ecosystem innovation in critical areas like Open RAN and virtual RAN and cloud-native 5G Core,” he commented.
British provider BT is implementing cloud-native technologies on its platform to create value for customers and ensure they get the best network experience. Commenting on the partnership between Nokia and Google Cloud, BT Group Chief Architect Neil McRae said: “The network and services that our customers depend on in their day-to-day lives can be further improved in terms of scalability, reliability and experience with native cloud technologies. BT is excited that Google and Nokia are innovating together to help accelerate new edge and convergence solutions on demand, creating new possibilities for consumers and businesses. “