Google Cloud and Nokia have said they are to extend their existing partnership into the joint development of cloud-native network functions, 5G edge services and a 5G core for mobile operators. The newly deepened collaboration will unite Google Cloud’s Anthos for Telecom platform for network-centric applications with Nokia’s 5G services and networking capabilities to deliver what the parties are calling a more evolved and efficient cloud-native platform for 5G operators.
As part of this link up, Nokia is supplying its voice core, cloud packet core, network exposure function, data management, signalling and 5G core. This includes its IMPACT IoT Connected Device Platform, which enables automated, zero-touch activation and allows for remote management of IoT devices, as well as its Converged Charging solution to provide real-time rating and charging capabilities that enable CSPs to capture new revenue opportunities from the 5G economy.
“Communications service providers have a tremendous opportunity ahead of them to support digital transformations at the network edge through both 5G connectivity and cloud-native applications and capabilities,” said George Nazi, VP, Telco, Media & Entertainment Industry Solutions at Google Cloud. “Doing so requires modernized infrastructure, built for a cloud-native 5G core.”
“In the past five years, the telecom industry has evolved from physical appliances to virtual network functions and now cloud-native solutions,” added Ron Haberman, CTO of Cloud and Network Services at Nokia. “Cloud-native network functions and automation will enable new agility and use-cases in the 5G era.”
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