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Exclusive Q&A with Phil Twist, VP, Networks Portfolio Marketing, Nokia

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Phil Twist is Vice President for Networks Portfolio Marketing at Nokia and is speaking at Telco Cloud Forum about “Cloud RAN – the next step towards 5G” at 15:30 on 28th April at Radisson Blu Portman in London. In this presentation Phil will talk about how the Cloud RAN architecture will be one of the foundations for the development of the 5G networks. Phil will also share some results of Nokia’s latest activities in the Cloud RAN domain.

 

The Interview…

What is the latest telco cloud project you are working on? 

There is for sure a lot going on right now but I would like to highlight the work he have been doing to make Cloud RAN a viable option for the future and one of the foundations for 5G. As we all know so far the discussion on Telco Cloud has been heavily centered on Core, which is natural due to the immediate gains we can achieve in this domain. However, we cannot lose sight of the additional flexibility and even potential savings that can be achieved when we start to move part of the radio baseband processing into the cloud as well. At Nokia we came up with a layered architecture for Cloud RAN that allows us to reutilize the existing radio network resources, by “cloudifying” then, and also build additional baseband processing capacity on top of a data center infrastructure. With this we can guarantee that processing capacity will always be available wherever it is needed, following the traffic demand. I will be talking about this on my presentation at the event. Of course this is for now an architecture proposal, but the success we have been obtaining in our PoCs with some of our customers are an assurance that sooner than later this concept will turn into a reality in operator’s networks. 

What telcos need to work on to provide best-in-class cloud? 

It is important to keep in mind that while we are focusing on bringing to the telco market the advancements that the IT world achieved with cloud computing, we cannot lose sight of the fact that the requirements are different and much more stringent for telcos. Thus it is important that we bridge this existing gap between what the IT cloud can offer and the requirements of the telco world via more efficient solutions and a network architecture that supports these requirements. Two examples to illustrate this point, most traditional telco applications are extremely latency-sensitive and very data intensive. If we implement a very centralized telco cloud architecture, following the IT cloud concept, we will end up with higher latencies than acceptable and a huge load on the operator backhaul. This means a lot of costs due to all this traffic flowing on the network and even potential technical problems due to latency levels higher than required. To avoid these problems, and others, the telco cloud architecture will have to be much more distributed than a traditional IT cloud. So, instead of a few huge data centers, operators will require more data centers of potentially smaller sizes.

This is just an example of how the requirements are different, and I believe that telcos have to keep in mind that the telco cloud will not be a verbatim copy of the IT clouds. It will require some specific characteristics and the whole industry has to be ready to fulfill those requirements.

What do you think is going to be the next big ‘thing’ in the telco cloud market? 

It seems that 2015 will be the year of Cloud Management. So far the industry has focused on bringing VNFs to the market and we can say that we have achieved a significant degree of success on this. Now it is time to jump from virtualization discussions into more comprehensive Cloud implementations, which necessarily include a wider utilization of Cloud management solutions. So, we will see more launches and implementation cases covering VNF Managers, Orchestrators and even hybrid OSS systems, which are important to guarantee a holistic view of the networks that will combine traditional and cloud elements and ensure ‘telco-grade’ availability and performance.

What is your favourite book or film about the future of technologies?

I don’t have a favourite book – I prefer to see the crowd-source future of technology as it appears in the internet far faster than a snapshot in time captured in a book…

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Phil Twist will be speaking at Telco Cloud Forum about “Cloud RAN – the next step towards 5G” at 15:30 on 28th April at Radisson Blu Portman in London.

 

Nokia: open standards essential for NFV #Telcocloud

Nokia Networks has claimed the launch of the first commercial Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) solution, due to bring the power of cloud computing to telecoms grade services, such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE).

The Finnish infrastructure vendor has confirmed that the solution has already gained support from a major (unnamed) operator, and is scheduled to launch the live service by the end of 2014. Nokia claims it is the first ETSI NFV architecture specification-compliant solution to be announced.

NFV has gained significant momentum since first being formed in 2012 by a core of the industry’s leading operators. Increased agility and flexibility, reduced Capex and Opex, and reduced network complexity were the early promises.

Michael Clever, Senior Vice President of Core at Nokia Networks, is pleased to see the vision edge nearer to reality. “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”, he said.

Alongside the announcement, Nokia also unveiled their orchestration offering for the NFV environment, Cloud Network Director. The orchestrator is designed to automatically deploy, configure, optimise and repair virtualised network functions (VNFs) to simplify service roll-out for network operators.

Speaking to Telecoms.com Phil Twist, who is the Head of Portfolio Marketing at Nokia Networks, believes that the openness is an unavoidable trend, which the vendor community must embrace, citing the success of 3G and LTE standards.

“We are pushing to have open standards in place, so that if an operator chooses to have different components from different vendors, they can,” he said. “What we’re avoiding is a closed market where once you’ve bought from one vendor, you have to buy everything from that vendor because other interfaces don’t match. One of the reasons that 3G and LTE have been so successful is because there are the 3GPP standards which everyone conforms to. You can do different things on top of those standards, but you know that underneath it you will have the right interfaces.”

Twist feels that the industry is now at a stage of technological development to support the movement towards an open-ecosystem and NFV approach. “It’s a progressive migration, and it’s happening now because data centre platforms have reached the performance and cost level where you don’t need to customise platforms to be able to deliver the applications you used to,” he said. “The next Moore’s law separation has yielded platforms which have the performance and scalability to make this logical.”

Cloud Network Director, and the orchestration layer over VNFs in the telco network, is a forward thinking initiative. “The orchestration layer is the part which specifies the capacity or configuration of the software and hardware building blocks in a virtualised solution,” said Twist. “That is not yet standardised or in commercial use in a telco environment because it’s not necessary yet. In 2015 or 2016 when Cloud becomes the norm, then it probably will be.”

In a busy week for announcements, Nokia also introduced an advanced content delivery solution, intended to extend content delivery network capabilities to the base station. The Liquid Applications solution will reduce pressure on network infrastructure by locally hosting frequently accessed content, thus shortening the journey of data through the network.

Source: Buissness Cloud News

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Harnessing the power of NFV technology, Nokia @ Telco Cloud World Forum North America #telcocloud

2651-248x92-NOKIA_LOGO_RGBNokia is the Visionary Sponsor of the Telco Cloud World Forum North America, taking place in Dallas next month! Focusing on the evolution of Telco Cloud technologies SDN and NFV. Confirmed customer keynotes include AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and Cox Communications.

Steve Scarlett, NAM Head of Technology, NFV and SDN, Nokia Networks, will be speaking on “Harnessing the power of NFV technology,” covering the current status and applicability of NFV technology, identifying the major gaps and how to best resolve them, and taking the next steps towards live network deployments.

For more information: www.northamerica.cloudworldseries.com

Nokia Networks will have a featured speaking spot on the “NFV PoC Session” where real-world case studies on trials taking place will be discussed. Nokia, Sprint and Cox Communications are confirmed for this session.

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Nokia and Juniper Networks team up on NFV, SDN cloud offering #SDEnterprise

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Network services and equipment provider Nokia has teamed up with IT networking vendor Juniper Networks to extend the development of SDN and NFV technologies for mobile operators.

The Finnish firm will bring together its Liquid Core NFV solution with Juniper’s MetaFabric datacentre architecture, which includes its NFV and cloud network automation solution Contrail, based on SDN, to create a “core on cloud” solution. The solution will be targeted at operators facing pressure to bring new services to market, the firms added.

The solution will be available later this year and will see Nokia provide its Liquid Core application suites implemented as virtualized network functions, such as virtualized Mobile Management Entity, virtualized IMS and virtualized Home Subscriber Server.  Juniper said that its MetaFabric architecture and Contrail SDN/NFV controller will also enable operators to create a mobile edge that is secure, automated and scalable. This will support operators in creating new services based on actionable intelligence, it added.

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