Nokia and Juniper Networks have partnered to provide mobile operators solutions for cloud network virtualization and automation to their carrier-grade networking domain, which could make it easier and more economical for mobile operators to deliver LTE and 4G mobile coverage to more areas and devices.
The partnership, announced this week, involves integrating Nokia’s Liquid Core solution with Juniper’s MetaFabric data center architecture to provide a carrier-grade, OpenStack-based cloud with automated application deployment, software defined application connectivity and network management capabilities.
Liquid Core basically allows core network functions to be virtualized and run on standard IT hardware, and adds telco cloud management and orchestration capabilities.
Away from the core, on the outskirts of the network where mobile devices connect, Juniper Networks’ MetaFabric architecture and Contrail SDN/NFV controller will enable operators to create a “High-IQ” mobile edge connecting devices to the telco cloud, while also being secure, automated and scalable.
According to Nokia, the solution will enable elastic application and network scalability, and help operators to use their existing assets more effectively and build end-to-end services like voice over LTE (VoLTE) or evolved packet core (EPC) in the cloud.
Nokia president and CEO Rajeev Suri said in a statement that Nokia’s collaboration with Juniper will “enable operators to take full advantage of the cloud with a clear path towards the robustness and scale of interconnected data centers.”
Shaygan Kheradpir, CEO of Juniper Networks, stated, “Nokia and Juniper are focused on providing open networking solutions that matter most to mobile operators to enable carriers to become ‘Cloud Builders’ in order to speed service delivery and optimize their cloud networks.”
Telcos have been increasingly looking towards cloud solutions to provide voice and data services to an expanding user base with wildly growing demands. Recently, for instance, Ericsson signed an agreement with Mirantis to use OpenStack for carrier networks.
There’s little doubt that to deliver the next generation of mobile connectivity services, telcos will increasingly rely on virtualization and SDN in the deployment, operation and management of their networks.