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Nokia to deploy cloud core network at Three UK

Fri 10 Feb 2017

Nokia Three UK

Finnish IT giant Nokia has announced that it has partnered with Three UK to deploy the world’s first fully-integrated cloud native core network, using data centre technology based on Open Compute Project designs.

According to a Nokia release, the new system answers to growing customer demand for voice over LTE (VoLTE) and high-definition video, as well as to the need to scale up for emerging IoT technologies and 5G communication.

Nokia will deploy the new Three UK network across multiple data centre locations in the UK over the course of the year. The project will utilise Nokia’s UK-based Global Cloud Design Centre, which opened in Fleet in September 2016.

The new cloud platform will be designed to ensure flexibility and scalability, and drive Three’s operational efficiencies. The solution, inspired by Facebook technology shared through the Open Compute Project, will incorporate Nokia’s AirFrame data centre hardware which is built to run any cloud-based application ‘with ease.’

Nokia is also set to deploy IP routing and network management, Nokia CloudBand, Nuage Networks software-defined networking, evolved packet core, IMS, TAS, SBC, Shared Data Layer and security solutions.

“The cloud core network will enable us to scale even further and continue to offer great value and service innovation to our customers,” said Graham Baxter, COO at Three.

Cormac Whelan, head of Nokia UK & Ireland added: “This project highlights the breadth of Nokia’s capabilities in technology and services, as well as our extensive ecosystem of cloud technology partners.

“I am particularly proud of the role our new Global Cloud Design Centre has played in first demonstrating the potential of an integrated cloud native core to Three, prior to working with the customer to tailor the design and delivery of a solution to meet its needs.”

Earlier this week, preparing for future networking demands, Nokia joined an IoT Cybersecurity Alliance of leading tech firms, including AT&T and IBM. The group aims to address IoT-related security challenges across various verticals such as connected cars, smart cities and healthcare.

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