Nokia Announces Programmable 5G Multi-Service Architecture

by Istvan Fekete on September 2, 2015

Nokia is ready to deliver the multi-vendor approach that carriers worldwide are asking for. We are just witnessing the birth of 5G standardization, but Nokia has already demonstrated several proofs of concept related to SDN (software defined networking).

Meanwhile, the manufacturer is taking a holistic approach to carriers’ future 5G architecture needs. Its programmable 5G architecture overcomes the “rigidity of legacy networks”, the company said in a press release. “Operators will be able to offer network functions to any kind of industry under a Network-as-a-Service business model.”

Nokia will deliver five key architecture functionalities: network slicing, dynamic experience management (DEM), service-determined connectivity, fast traffic forwarding, and mobility on demand.

The viability of the new architecture has been demonstrated through several proofs of concept. As an important part of Nokia’s network slicing concept, a fully self-aware, software-defined transport network automatically adapts itself to changing service requirements and the needs of different slices and customer experience needs, which is achieved through an SON (Self-Organizing Networks) for transport solution in combination with a multivendor Software-Defined Networking (SDN) fabric control that acts across SDN domains.

Nokia is also introducing programmable APIs to the virtual core network elements to adapt core network behaviour at run time. As a result, the core network can “adapt to dynamically changing needs such as the creation of new network slices or mobility profiles, either immediately or on demand,” the company noted in the press release.

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