Analyst Angle: Nokia Cloud Packet Core
The continued growth of LTE and the emergence of IoT are stimulating development of new applications that require different business and architectural models for delivery of services.
Add the pending evolution to 5G and we see that the core of the network will need to handle a much broader set of requirements than it has up until now. Due to the sheer number of devices, and the new network and application functions that will be introduced, scalability along with strict performance and reliability requirements will drive the need to use cloud technologies pervasively in the network core.
Solution Overview: Nokia has built its Cloud Packet Core from the ground up using cloud-native architecture to meet these massive scalability, performance, reliability and flexibility requirements.
The Nokia Cloud Packet Core comes in a variety of configuration options, supporting the wide array of packet core network functions. Nokia’s Cloud Mobility Manager provides the web-scale and state-efficient design needed to meet the growing control plane demands of broadband evolution, IoT/MTC, and the transition to 5G. It performs the MME and SGSN functions in 2G/3G/4G networks, and supports a range of IoT optimizations for cellular IoT networks. Nokia’s Cloud Mobile Gateway is built on the principles of cloud networking and web scale performance, providing a wide variety of mobile gateway functions, including SGW, PGW GGSN, HA, ePDG, TWAG, PCEF and enhanced TDF. Its high-performance, elastic, state-efficient design and distributed processing architecture provides the scalability and data forwarding capacity needed for the growth of mobile broadband and the delivery of new IoT/MTC services, and provides an evolutionary path to 5G.
Distinguishing Attributes of the Cloud Packet Core. Nokia’s Cloud Packet Core solution incorporates a distinctive characteristics to enable the introduction of IIoT and 5G network services:
- Software disaggregation that goes beyond control and user plane separation
- Stateless mobile core with “state-efficient” processing and a common data layer
- Distributed and centralized deployment options
- Network slicing for resource efficiency, service management and monetization
- Secure multi-tenancy with isolation to preserve the integrity of VNFs and end users
- On-demand capacity sizing for greater agility in service deployment
Benefits to Operators: Nokia’s Cloud Packet Core takes full advantage of a cloud environment to deliver the flexibility, performance, scalability and reliability for service providers to profit from mobile broadband and IoT/MTC, and embrace 5G opportunities. Additional Information. For additional information on Nokia’s packet core solutions, and research on how cloud packet core provides benefits to IIoT deployments, download the Bell Labs consulting white paper: Gain 60 percent or greater TCO savings with a dedicated cloud packet core for IoT/MTC services