Nokia and Three UK are to deploy the world's first fully integrated cloud native core network. The UK network will enable massive scalability, allowing Three to rapidly respond to customers' dynamic service demands. It’s thought that the move is intended to make efficiencies, and make it easier to provide customers with services such as VoLTE and high-definition video, even in busy locations, while also laying the foundation for 5G and IoT services.
Three says that by applying cloud native principles into its cloud software design, Nokia will enable Three to leverage the full benefit of the cloud architecture, including massive scalability and better reliability.
Nokia will begin deployment of Three UK's new core network in multiple data centre locations in the course of 2017. The flexible and scalable cloud platform employed will allow Three to increase efficiencies, while also benefitting from the breadth of Nokia's technology and services capabilities, including the expertise offered by the Global Cloud Design Centre opened in the UK in September 2016.
Deployment will include Nokia AirFrame data center, IP routing and network management, Nokia CloudBand, Nuage Networks software defined networking, evolved packet core, IMS, TAS, SBC, Shared Data Layer and security solutions.
Graham Baxter, Chief Operating Officer of Three UK, said: ‘Three carries 35% of mobile data traffic in the UK today. The cloud core network will enable us to scale even further and continue to offer great value and service innovation to our customers. The agreement with Nokia will help us to continue delivering the UK's most reliable network.’
Cormac Whelan, head of Nokia UK & Ireland, said. ‘This project highlights the breadth of Nokia's capabilities in technology and services, as well as our extensive ecosystem of cloud technology partners. I'm particularly proud of the role our new Global Cloud Design Centre has played in first demonstrating the potential of an integrated cloud native core to Three, prior to working with the customer to tailor the design and delivery of a solution to meet its needs.’
Commenting on the deployment, David Snow, Principal Analyst at Current Analysis, said: ‘This is a significant cloud core network deal with the potential to deliver a wide range of technology and business benefits to Three UK. As carriers gear up for the 5G future it is vital that their core networks are flexible enough to match 5G access network demands, especially in terms of latency and scalability. This deal demonstrates that Nokia has a wide range of cloud technologies and professional service assets which it can use to design and deploy such an end-to-end cloud core network solution.’
At Mobile World Congress Nokia will demonstrate the cloud solutions and service capabilities that are leveraged in this contract with Three UK, including the AirFrame Data Centre, Shared Data Layer architecture and CloudBand management and orchestration (MANO) for rapid service deployment of services such as voice over WiFi(TM) and VoLTE.