Nokia lands deal with Telia

Telia Company is adopting Nokia’s cloud native packet core solution across the Nordics and Baltics, covering Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Estonia and Lithuania. The move is part of a wider initiative by Telia to improve mobile broadband and manage mobile network data demand.

As part of the deal, Telia will move its physical common multi-country evolved packet core to a common cloud native solution atop a shared cloud infrastructure. At the same time, Nokia will start launching Telia’s new core network in multiple data center locations throughout the company’s operations.

A feature of its AirGile cloud-native core portfolio, Nokia said its packet core design will provide Telia with the scale and agility necessary for networking requirements, in addition to meeting the demands of digital services and applications. Nokia noted the design of AirGile cloud-native allows Telia to reap the advantages of full-cloud architecture, streamlining engineering and operations to run on a common infrastructure across all six countries where the company operates.

According to Nokia, this will help Telia’s efforts for competitive operations, reduce the cost of introducing and operating data services, boost time-to-market for differentiated services and expand business productivity.

“There is tremendous potential with the continued growth of mobile broadband, and with new services and 5G in the near future. To take advantage of these opportunities, Telia must deploy a new generation cloud-native packet core that is able to connect to a greater variety of devices and deliver a broader range of services over multiple access technologies,” said Sri Reddy, senior vice-president of Nokia’s IP and Optical business.

“Nokia uniquely combines field-proven cloud-native software, cloud technologies and mobile and IP routing expertise to help Telia speed up service delivery, deliver greater scale and capacity and operate its network more efficiently. Plus, because our cloud packet core is built on our robust, field proven router software (SROS), it provides Telia with a solid foundational framework for the evolution of its 4G and the path forward to 5G.”

The deal with Telia is a win for Nokia against competitors like Swedish Ericsson. The news follows Nokia announcing a five year agreement in which the company will manage and maintain key components of Optus network infrastructure, operations and field maintenance. Under the contract, the companies will work to develop a Network Operations Center (NOC).

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