Every 5G network powered by Nokia’s equipment is now fully digitized, simplifying management and speeding up deployment for operators.
Nokia is engaged in a hotly contested battle with other Network Equipment Providers (NEPs) and in order to gain customers, the Finnish mobile giant is setting itself up as a one-stop-shop for telcos and enterprises thanks to a portfolio that spans the radio , transport and core layers of the network.
Central to the offering are the software options that enable automation and enable more efficient remote network management. For example, it recently released a software upgrade to its AirScale radio platform that allowed customers to reuse 4G radio equipment for 5G.
Digitization of networks
When it comes to network planning and maintenance, Nokia argues that the combination of digitization and automation can not only accelerate deployment, but also make them more efficient and cost-effective. This makes it easier to roll out new services, increase sales and increase return on investment.
For example, drone-led site surveys ensure builds are good first time, while digital databases and workflow orchestration platforms enable faster maintenance and upgrades. Artificial intelligence (AI) also offers powerful capabilities, such as automated defect detection.
Nokia says its digital tools have reduced site visits and back office transactions by 30 percent and improved installation quality – something that has a knock-on effect on the entire network.
“Today, many operators are suffering from the fragmented way their next-generation 5G networks are designed, built and managed,” said Sanjay Goel, President of Global Services at Nokia.
“The adoption of automation, AI and asset digitization are essential steps in a CSP’s digital transformation to unlock the full potential of 5G. We are extremely proud to be the first to reach this milestone of 100 percent digital deployments, enabling customers around the world to benefit from a faster, more sustainable, and higher-quality network deployment process. “
Separately, Nokia has updated its Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) private wireless network platform. Nokia has added new VoIP capabilities and integrations to the service, most notably Microsoft Azure IoT.