Nokia has entered the cloud infrastructure market as it looks to capitalise on the transformation of telcos into virtualised businesses.

The vendor’s new AirFrame data centre solution has been launched to help operators move to a cloud-based architecture by merging the telecoms and IT domains into a single solution.

In particular, Nokia said the new solution aimed to combat the strict latency requirements and high demand for processing power that operators face when implementing a comprehensive telco cloud architecture.

The company has included processors and virtualisation technology from Intel into Airframe, which is available now, in a bid to boost its offering.

The solution is 5G ready and supports several Nokia VNFs, including OSS, customer experience management and Radio Cloud.

Further, Nokia claimed AirFrame will help operators expand into new business models such as renting data centre capacity for customers' IT applications.

The company is offering a suite of professional services alongside Airframe, which are geared to implement, monitor and operate telco cloud data centres.

It has also opened a dedicated R&D facility for data centre technology development.

[Read more: Nokia turns to Telefónica, HP and Microsoft for IT transformation project]

Marc Rouanne, EVP of Mobile Broadband at Nokia Networks, said: "Nokia Networks is changing the game in telco cloud. We are taking on the IT-telco convergence with a new solution to challenge the traditional IT approach of the data centre.

“This newest solution brings telcos carrier-grade high availability, security-focused reliability as well as low latency, while leveraging the company's deep networks expertise and strong business with operators to address an increasingly cloud-focused market valued in the tens of billions of euros."

Rival vendor Ericsson is also looking to capitalise on the transformation of traditional telcos into digital environments.

It launched a Telco Digital Transformation service at Mobile World Congress earlier this year.

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