& cplSiteName &

NSN & Intel Get Edgy

Ray Le Maistre
5/23/2013
50%
50%

There's no shortage of technology partnerships in the telecom world, but the one announced today between Nokia Siemens Networks and Intel Corp. grabbed my attention.

The two companies are combining forces to further develop NSN's Liquid Applications strategy, which was announced earlier this year at Mobile World Congress. The basic aim is to enable mobile operators to use computing power at mobile base stations to store and more quickly deliver multimedia content and applications to smartphone users. Central to that approach is NSN's Radio Applications Cloud Server (RACS), which sits at the edge of the mobile network. (See NSN: Understanding Liquid Applications.)

Intel is going to help NSN develop "a mobile edge computing ecosystem, focusing on over-the-top (OTT) content providers, independent software vendors (ISV) and application service providers (ASP)." They will also "explore new business models between mobile operators and other ecosystem players, facilitating engagements with the purpose of delivering a superior and profitable customer experience."

Lots of nice buzz words in there, but at the heart of the current relationship is Intel's Crystal Forest Platform, the IT core at the heart of NSN's Radio Applications Cloud Server. The partners explain that the Crystal Forest Platform was "developed for the communications infrastructure market … the small footprint and exceptional energy efficiency of the platform support integration into non-standard environments and small form factor mobile base stations, while also providing the performance needed to handle more extensive localized processing."

This is real Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) in action: The combination of traditional IT developments and telecom infrastructure know-how is very powerful and a great example of how the communications networking industry needs to develop. (See The SPIT Manifesto 2.0.)

But where it gets really interesting is in the potential for further collaboration around network functions virtualization (NFV).

NSN has long been talking about its "liquid" approach to networking, involving the pooling of resources, especially around radio access network (RAN) capabilities. (See NSN Hangs Its Future on the Liquid Net.)

In many ways, that approach was a precursor to the NFV craze that is now sweeping the industry. (See MW13: NFV Picks Up Speed and What's NFV All About?)

Now, Intel has emerged as one of the key technology enablers in NFV. It is working closely with a number of major telecom vendors and integrators active in NFV and software-defined networking (SDN) and also recently announced a very interesting acquisition in the form of Aepona, which for years has been developing APIs that enable operators to open up their assets and capabilities to third-party developers and OTT applications specialists. (See Intel Adds to Its SDN Arsenal, Intel Intros SDN/NFV Architectures and Packet Core Looks 'Ripe' for Virtualization.)

NSN, which is showing signs of financial recovery and increasing its 4G market share, and Intel could (and I stress "could") create a powerful partnership in breaking new ground in 4G and beyond.

This is a collaboration to watch.

— Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

(3)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
ronit nossenson
50%
50%
ronit nossenson,
User Rank: Light Beer
7/30/2013 | 2:10:20 PM
re: NSN & Intel Get Edgy
Look at
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl...
Date: July 2010...
nooser
50%
50%
nooser,
User Rank: Light Beer
5/31/2013 | 12:19:54 AM
re: NSN & Intel Get Edgy
While this could reduce some of the latency, the jury is still out as to whether it will have enough bang for the buck.
Infostack
50%
50%
Infostack,
User Rank: Moderator
5/25/2013 | 2:41:26 PM
re: NSN & Intel Get Edgy
Isn't this just another way to get around backhaul/bandwidth bottlenecks?
More Blogs from EuroBlog
Having taken a breather from its acquisition spree in the US, Zayo could kick-start some infrastructure consolidation action in Europe
Some good news for its Finnish parent – Nokia Siemens Networks is on a margin roll
Telefónica to boost its broadband lines in LatAm with DSL management the from ASSIA
According to the value of Nokia's takeover deal, Nokia Siemens Networks is worth less than $5B
As APAC and North America forge ahead, Europe seems stuck in yesteryear
From The Founder
The independent evaluation of Nokia's key virtual network functions (VNFs) was a defining moment for the Finnish giant.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP’s Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it’s going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Custom TV
Cisco's Innovations in Cable

5|26|16   |   03:18   |   (0) comments


Marc Aldrich from Cisco discusses the latest in security, the evolution and momentum for CCAP and what the industry will be seeing next from Cisco.
LRTV Documentaries
Leading Lights 2016 Highlights

5|25|16   |   02:26   |   (1) comment


Some of the high points from this year's Leading Lights awards dinner at the Hotel Ella in Austin, Texas.
LRTV Documentaries
Light Reading Hall of Fame 2016

5|23|16   |   05:43   |   (0) comments


Find out who has been welcomed into Light Reading's Hall of Fame this year.
LRTV Custom TV
ZTE TM Forum Highlights

5|23|16   |     |   (0) comments


ZTE showcased its new ICT solutions at TM Forum in Nice.
LRTV Interviews
Gamma's MD on the Emergence of UC2

5|20|16   |     |   (0) comments


Gamma Communications Managing Director David Macfarlane believes the unified communications (UC) market has reached a tipping point.
LRTV Custom TV
The Ultimate 5-Minute Guide to Digital Customer Engagement

5|20|16   |     |   (0) comments


In this short video, you will hear all about how Digital Customer Engagement is the key to meeting customer expectations, keeping them happy, and maximizing revenue. VP Product & Marketing at Pontis, Ofer Razon, breaks down for ...
LRTV Custom TV
NFV in 2016: Part 1 – NFV Use Cases Get Real

5|19|16   |   05:57   |   (0) comments


Consensus is building around the key use cases for NFV, including managed IP services at the network edge and on customer premises, which can generate new revenues from enterprises/SMBs and consumers; Evolved Packet Core to support LTE migration; and adjacent technologies, such as TAS and IMS, to support VoLTE and next-generation charging and policy control ...
LRTV Custom TV
Nokia's Steve Vogelsang on NFV – Part 3

5|19|16   |     |   (0) comments


Steve Vogelsang discusses the challenges of operational transformation and how Nokia helps its customers. Join Steve at the Big Communications Event in Austin the morning of May 24, on his keynote and optical networking panel.
LRTV Interviews
Level 3: Why UC Is In Demand

5|17|16   |   04:12   |   (1) comment


Andrew Edison, Level 3's senior VP of sales, EMEA region, talks about the drivers of growth in the unified communications services market.
LRTV Custom TV
ARM's OPNFV Action

5|17|16   |     |   (0) comments


At the ARM booth at MWC 2016, Joe Kidder and Bob Monkman speak to Light Reading about OPNFV and their upcoming action.
LRTV Custom TV
Nokia's Steve Vogelsang on NFV – Part 2

5|16|16   |     |   (0) comments


Steve Vogelsang gives advice to service providers on how to move to NFV. Join Steve at the Big Communications Event in Austin the morning of May 24, on his keynote and optical networking panel.
LRTV Interviews
Interoute CTO on NFV's Maturity

5|13|16   |   06:46   |   (1) comment


Matt Finnie, CTO at international operator Interoute, explains how NFV has made life easier in terms of logistics and how Interoute can now enable a 'software-defined moment' for its customers.
Upcoming Live Events
September 13-14, 2016, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
December 6-8, 2016,
June 16-18, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
A new survey conducted by Heavy Reading and TM Forum shows that CSPs around the world see the move to digital operations as a necessary part of their overall virtualization strategies.
Hot Topics
DT: Telcos Must Escape Vendor Prison
Iain Morris, News Editor, 5/24/2016
AT&T to Start 5G 'Friendly' Trial by 2016 End
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 5/24/2016
Cisco's Patel Hails 'Microculture' Successes
Iain Morris, News Editor, 5/26/2016
Cable Is Eyeing Its Retail Options
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 5/25/2016
AT&T's Margaret Chiosi Retires
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 5/25/2016
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
In this latest installment of the CEO Chat series, Craig Labovitz, co-founder and CEO of Deepfield, sits down with Light Reading's Steve Saunders in Light Reading's New York City office to discuss how Deepfield fits in with the big data trend and more.
Grant van Rooyen, president and CEO of Cologix, sits down with Steve Saunders, founder and CEO of Light Reading, in the vendor's New Jersey facility to offer an inside look at the company's success story and discuss the importance of security in the telecom industry.
Animals with Phones
Please Pass the Waterproof Phone Click Here
Walruses: more tech-savvy than you might think.
Live Digital Audio

Our world has evolved through innovation from the Industrial Revolution of the 1740s to the information age, and it is now entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution, driven by technology. Technology is driving a paradigm shift in the way digital solutions deliver a connected world, changing the way we live, communicate and provide solutions. It can have a powerful impact on how we tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. In this radio show, Caroline Dowling, President of Communications Infrastructure & Enterprise Computing at Flex, will join Women in Comms Director Sarah Thomas to discuss the impact technology has on society and how it can be a game-changer across the globe; improving lives and creating a smarter world. Dowling, a Cork, Ireland, native and graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program, will also discuss her experience managing an international team focused on innovation in an age of high-speed change.