Nokia Networks and HP are partnering for the development of open-source cloud technology to help operators with NFV deployments, as the vendor revealed a fresh 3G deal in India. 

The solution will see Nokia’s virtualised network functions (VNF) integrated with HP’s Helion OpenStack technology that combines the manufacturer’s data centre hardware, hypervisor and virtual infrastructure manager.

The open platform, which is compliant with ETSI NFV standards, can then be used by operators to accelerate their NFV rollouts, Nokia said.

The Finland-based vendor will also provide VNF management in the form of its Cloud Application Manager to enable operators to deploy telco clouds “with minimal effort”.

HP said its OpenStack technology allowed operators their own choice of development tools for developing cloud technologies, thereby freeing them from “vendor lock-out”.

Saar Gillai, Senior Vice President and COO of HP Cloud, said the solution would provide operators with the same advantages enterprises have experienced using open source-based cloud solutions.

He commented: “Together, Nokia Networks and HP plan to deliver a pre-integrated solution leveraging our cloud platform and their VNFs to provide customers with a simplified and faster means to deploy NFV services.”

The latest collaboration builds on an ongoing partnership between the two companies, Nokia said. The vendor is currently developing a commercial VoLTE solution based on HP’s OpenStack technology.

Nokia also said additional collaborations with HP were in the works for “further expanding the functionality and competitiveness of the telco cloud solution”.

Igor Leprince, Executive Vice-President at Nokia Networks’ Global Services division, commented: “Services are fundamental to enable the transformation that the cloud promises to operators for telco and IT applications. Working together, Nokia Networks and HP can deliver the expertise and technological leadership that mobile operators need to gain the full benefits of a complete telco and IT cloud solution – and all under one contract for simplicity.”

Nokia Networks is also working on an OpenStack-based cloud solution with Juniper to help operators bring services to market more quickly.

The vendor also announced today it had won a 3G contract from Bharti Airtel to help develop India’s first dual-carrier 3G network in Mumbai.

Nokia will provide its multi-standard Radio Access Network (RAN) platform to the operator to help it improve its 3G network by re-farming 900MHz spectrum to complement its existing 2100MHz network.

Nokia said its base station technology will additionally enable Bharti Airtel to roll out its TD-LTE and FDD-LTE networks in the near future.​

 

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