Google Cloud and Nokia have announced a global, strategic partnership to bring new solutions for communications service providers (CSPs). These solutions would help CSPs modernize their network infrastructures, build on a cloud-native 5G Core, and develop “the network edge” as a business services platform for enterprises.
Under this strategic partnership, Google Cloud and Nokia will work closely to validate, optimize and evolve cloud-native network functions. The two companies will also co-innovate new solutions that would help CSPs deliver 5G connectivity and services at scale.
Google Cloud and Nokia will create solutions that bring together Nokia’s 5G operations services and networking capabilities with Google Cloud’s technologies in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and analytics, running on Google Cloud’s ‘Anthos for Telecom’ as a platform for shifting workloads to the network edge, across public and private clouds.
“Deutsche Telekom is on a journey to transform to a new open, disaggregated and cloud-native infrastructure with an automated production model,” said Alex Choi, SVP, Strategy and Technology Innovation at Deutsche Telekom. “We are therefore excited to see two innovative organizations like Nokia and Google Cloud joining forces to accelerate ecosystem innovation across critical areas like Open RAN and virtual RAN and the cloud-native 5G Core.”
Public Clouds, Private Clouds
As part of this collaboration, Nokia is supplying its voice core, cloud packet core, network exposure function, data management, signaling, and 5G core. This includes Nokia’s IMPACT IoT Connected Device Platform, which enables automated, zero-touch activation and allows for remote management of IoT devices. It also includes Nokia’s Converged Charging solution provides real-time rating and charging capabilities that enable CSPs to capture new revenue opportunities from the 5G economy.
“In the past five years, the telecom industry has evolved from physical appliances to virtual network functions and now cloud-native solutions,” Ron Haberman, CTO of Cloud and Network Services at Nokia. “Nokia is excited to work with Google Cloud in service of our customers, both CSPs and enterprise, to provide choice and freedom to run workloads on premise and in the public cloud. Cloud-native network functions and automation will enable new agility and use-cases in the 5G era.”
Google Cloud’s Anthos for Telecom will serve as the platform for deploying applications, enabling CSPs to build an ecosystem of services that are deployable anywhere, from the edge of the network, to public clouds, private clouds and carrier networks. By delivering cloud-native applications at the edge, businesses can benefit from lower latency and reduce the need for costly, on-site infrastructure, enabling them to transform their businesses in industries such as smart retail, connected manufacturing and digital consumer experiences.
“BT is deploying cloud-native technologies across our platform, creating value for our customers and ensuring they get the best network experience in every aspect of their daily lives, whether at home, on the move or at work,” said Neil McRae, Chief Architect at BT Group. “The network and the services that our customers depend upon in their everyday lives can be further enhanced in terms of scalability, reliability, and experience with cloud-native technologies. BT is excited that Google and Nokia are innovating together to help accelerate new, on-demand edge and convergence solutions, creating new possibilities for consumers and enterprises.”
“Communications service providers have a tremendous opportunity ahead of them to support businesses’ digital transformations at the network edge through both 5G connectivity and cloud-native applications and capabilities,” said George Nazi, Vice President, Telco, Media & Entertainment Industry Solutions at Google Cloud. “Doing so requires modernized infrastructure, built for a cloud-native 5G core, and we’re proud to partner with Nokia to help the telecommunications industry expand and support these customers.”