Nokia and Juniper Networks have unveiled a bundled telco cloud solution designed to help mobile operators improve their infrastructure and bring services to market more quickly.

The end-to-end product will provide operators with an “open ecosystem”, based on OpenStack, featuring automated application deployment, software defined application connectivity and network management.

This will enable the creation of new cloud-based services, while existing telco services can be migrated to cloud-based networks, the two vendors said.

[Read more: NFV, SDN behind new Nokia, Juniper Networks telco cloud solution]

The solution will be available later this year.

Rajeev Suri, president and CEO of Nokia, said the two companies are enabling operators to “take full advantage of the cloud with a clear path towards the robustness and scale of interconnected datacenters”.

[Read more: Nokia’s new strategy gives €1.8bn to shareholders, Suri cruises to CEO role]

According to Shaygan Kheradpir, CEO of Juniper Networks, the rapid adoption of LTE and the 4G mobile core opens up “a wealth of opportunities for new service creation”.

In particular, operators are focusing on the enterprise market as they look to create differentiation away from the consumer market where the big internet companies are dominant.

Last month, for example, Orange Business Services and Accenture joined forces to target the cloud enterprise market, while Vodafone UK launched a cloud computing solution for governments.

Meanwhile, Telefónica acquired enterprise cloudco eyeOS.

According to a 2013 report from PWC, “Cloud Enabled Telco Opportunities”, operators that can create a compelling end-to-end cloud proposition that integrates their network management capabilities, supported by an agile and service-oriented operating model, could carve out a differentiated and attractive offering to SMEs.

Meanwhile, Nokia also announced that is has launched a €71.8 million smart car fund to invest in companies developing connected car technology.

The vendor has signed deals with numerous manufacturers for its HERE mapping platform. The fund will be managed by Nokia Global Partners and takes the value of investments managed by the company to more than €500 million.

Suri commented: "NGP has been consistently performing well bringing in both new innovation and financial return to Nokia. Our new venture fund further underlines our belief that the connected car is a significant growth opportunity where NGP is poised to make great investments."

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