Nokia and Vodafone have launched a service that detects and remediates network anomalies. The service, running on the Google cloud, is an ML-powered product that is expected to detect 80% of Vodafone’s mobile network issues. The product is released across Vodafone’s 60,000 4G sites in Italy and will soon be available to telco’s 5G and core networks. By 2022 the service is set to roll out to all European markets.
Nokia to deploy its 5G Standalone Core for DISH on AWS. This marks the industry’s first deployment of 5G in the public cloud. The setup will support DISH’s cloud-native, OpenRAN-based 5G network. The deployment will help DISH to optimize network operations to launch new software and services rapidly and efficiently to improving customer experience. DISH will get Nokia’s voice core, cloud packet core, data management, E2E security services, etc.
Verizon Communications will launch 5G internet for enterprise customers in 21 US cities by end of this month. It is offering a 10-year price lock, unlimited data and plans ranging from 100 Mbps to 400 Mbps to new business clients in Atlanta, Detroit, Las Vegas, San Francisco, etc. The wireless carrier has a deal with Microsoft and Nokia to help organisations in automation, lower operation costs and increase data traffic using private 5G networks.
Google said that it will not be exhibiting Mobile World Congress 2021, the world’s largest mobile phone show. Earlier, Nokia, Sony, Ericsson and Oracle also pulled out from the show. “Following our current COVID-19 travel restrictions and protocols, Google has made the decision to not exhibit at Mobile World Congress this year,” Google said in a statement. GSMA, the organisers of MWC, in Feb laid out a proper plan for the physical event.
Nokia, as part of its restructuring plan, will cut 10,000 jobs within the next two years to trim costs and invest more in research capabilities, The restructuring is part of CEO Pekka Lundmark strategy to transform the company to compete with rivals. He had earlier said that Nokia would “do whatever it takes” to take the lead in 5G. The company expects the restructuring to lower its cost base by about 600 mn euros by the end of 2023, half of which will be realised in 2021.
Nokia has upgraded Ooredoo Aleria’s network with a cloud-native Core software deployment. The up-gradation will help Ooredoo Algeria to an efficient, cloud-based network, with near zero-touch automation capabilities which will enable it to meet the demand of greater bandwidth. In addition to Nokia’s Cloud Packet Core Cloud Mobile Gateway, the AirFrame cloud infrastructure has also been deployed to enable the telco in serving apps that demand low latency and high-speeds.
Nokia has been selected for the US’ National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence’s 5G Cybersecurity Project as a tech provider. It would work for a secure shift from 4G to 5G networks. The project would include software, 5G RAN, core solutions and IP-Backhaul. It was selected on the basis of its success in 5G networks, mobile network security and expertise in 5G RAN. The aim is to develop 5G’s advances in security features, leveraging in cloud technologies.
Nokia has partnered with Google Cloud unit to build 5G core network infrastructure and let clients offer services like smart retail, automated manufacturing etc. Nokia will bring its expertise in 5G network, while Google Cloud will provide the platform for launching apps. Cloud computing units of big tech firms are partnering with telcos ahead of the deployment of 5G network to corner a share in new businesses the new tech might enable.