Nokia to supply cloud packet core solution to Telia

TeliaSonera telecom operator Telecom equipment supplier Nokia announced that it will supply cloud packet core solution to Telia Company as part of the mobile operator strategy to enhance mobile broadband and manage mobile network data demand.

Telia Company will deploy Nokia’s cloud packet core in Nordics and Baltics, covering Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Estonia and Lithuania.

Espoo, Finland-based Nokia said its Cloud Native Packet Core provides scale and performance to meet demands of mobile broadband, prepare for enhanced digital services. Telia will also benefit by increasing automation of service introduction and operations.

Nokia said its AirGile cloud-native design enables Telia to benefit from a full cloud architecture, allowing it to streamline engineering and operations to run on a common infrastructure across all six countries.

This will contribute to Telia’s ambition for competitive operations, lowering the cost of introducing and operating data services, substantially accelerating time-to-market for differentiated services and expanding business productivity.

Telia is undergoing a digital transformation to the cloud to address the service provider’s growth in traffic volume and to prepare for 5G. Telia is moving to virtualized network functions running on a common cloud infrastructure.

Nokia will begin the deployment of Telia’s new core network in multiple data center locations across the company’s operations.

Telia’s digital transformation program aims to meet the networking requirements and economics for a diverse and demanding range of digital services and applications for consumers and enterprises.

Nokia said its solution anchors multi-technology access across wireless licensed, shared, unlicensed spectrum and fixed network technologies, and delivers automated cloud networking with dynamic lifecycle management capabilities.

Telia aims to improve service delivery, agility and operational efficiency for its mobile customers in Nordics and Baltics with the new capabilities.

“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.

Telia has already prepared strategy to launch 5G this year for its customers in Stockholm, Helsinki and Tallinn.

Telia CEO Johan Dennelind in October said: “In 2017 we have been prepared to connect just as many households to our fiber technology as in 2016. However, longer handling processes at various permit issuing authorities have prevented us to do so. This is a big hurdle for a faster digitalization of Sweden. Lower fiber installation fees burden our EBITDA, but at the same time cash flow is improving due to lower fiber related Capex.”

Baburajan K