Light Reading
Nokia is making its first virtualized network function commercially available in the form of voice-over-LTE (VoLTE)

Nokia's NFV Strategy Starts With VoLTE

Sarah Reedy
9/4/2014
50%
50%

Nokia Network's big news week continues Thursday with a particularly important one in the world of NFV. The vendor is making its first virtualized network function commercially available in the form of voice-over-LTE (VoLTE).

Cloud-based VoLTE is a first for Nokia Networks , which claims it's the "first commercial NFV solution" compliant with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) NFV architecture that is still under development. The announcement builds on its February introduction of NFV-based IMS, and it's planning its first network implementation with a major operator before the end of the year. (See NSN Turns Up Pre-MWC Volume, Nokia, Juniper Team To Target Telco Cloud and Report: NFV/SDN Standards 'Myopic' on Service Management.)

According to Sandro Tavares, head of marketing for Nokia Networks' mobile core unit, running VoLTE in the cloud makes it easier to scale, more cost effective and gives it the flexibility to handle varying traffic loads automatically. (See NSN Boasts Virtual VoLTE Tests and VoLTE in a Hybrid Network World.)

"When on a cloud infrastructure, you'll have all the processing power available from the cloud data center and you can scale in and out functionality based on demand," Tavares explains.


For more on NFV, visit our dedicated NFV content channel here on Light Reading.


The vendor is also unveiling its Cloud Network Director, an orchestration tool to deploy, configure, optimize and repair virtual functions such as VoLTE, which is also ETSI compliant, meaning it can integrate with existing OSS/BSS offerings and play nice with other vendors. That said, Nokia is also providing professional services and a telco cloud partner certification program, because it wants to be the vendor at the heart of operators' NFV strategy, even if it is not the only one.

"We offer the same functionality and same integration interfaces regardless of the underlying hardware architecture, so we can define together with the customer what's the easiest, most interesting way to evolve," Tavares says, adding that it doesn't matter whether the operator is using a legacy hardware architecture or wants to stick with the cloud alone going forward.

The next step for Nokia -- and the rest of the industry, Tavares says -- is virtualizing the Evolved Packet Core (EPC). He says this is the direction most operators want to move in next, but they also plan to continue to build on their new VoLTE launches. Tavares says that other communications services such as voice-over-WiFi, video calling and rich communications are also prime candidates for virtualization. (See The Rise of Virtual EPC and NSN Gets Its Cloud On.)

Nokia has been making a series of announcements this week in the build up to Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas:

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading

(2)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
mhhf1ve
50%
50%
mhhf1ve,
User Rank: Light Sabre
9/5/2014 | 2:10:20 PM
Re: Nokia's first customer
I'll guess that the first customer will.. not be in the US? Maybe in Japan? 
SReedy
50%
50%
SReedy,
User Rank: Blogger
9/4/2014 | 12:33:48 PM
Nokia's first customer
Any bets on who the first operator to deploy this will be? Nokia powers VoLTE for Verizon, and given that it doesn't have fallback, it's pretty intent on making it a successful, solid service. Could they be the first mover?
Flash Poll
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
IHS Analyst Discusses eLTE at CCW 2014

9|10|14   |   7:09   |   (0) comments


Thomas Lynch, associate director of critical communications at IHS Technology, talks about broadband in critical communications.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
TCAA on Huawei eLTE: A Broadband Solution for Mission-Critical Communications

9|10|14   |   2:29   |   (0) comments


At CCW2014 in Singapore, the TCCA's Phil Kidner talks about the importance of broadband data for critical communications.
LRTV Custom TV
Spotlight on Cisco: SDN for Optical Networks

9|8|14   |   9:27   |   (0) comments


Cisco's Greg Nehib talks OpenFlow and more on the 'Software-Defined Networking for Optical Networks' panel at the Big Telecom Event in June 2014.
LRTV Custom TV
Cisco's Evolved Programmable Network (EPN)

9|8|14   |   4:05   |   (0) comments


A look at the various demos Cisco showed at Light Reading's Big Telecom Event highlighting Cisco's EPN innovation and how SDN and NFV technologies are enabling a variety of new services.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
The Future of Ultra-Broadband, With Kevin Kelly (UBBF2014)

9|5|14   |   1:13   |   (0) comments


If you think the technological changes we've seen up to now are astounding, just wait until you see what the future has in store. Discuss upcoming breakthroughs with Kevin Kelly, Founding Executive Editor of Wired Magazine, at the Huawei Ultra-Broadband Forum on September 24.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
The Inaugural Optical Innovation Forum in Nice

9|2|14   |     |   (0) comments


More than 170 attendees from network operators, service providers, analyst firms, and component companies from around the world convened in Nice in June for the inaugural Optical Innovation Forum, co-produced by Huawei and Light Reading.
Wagner’s Ring
Data Centers Drive Telcos Into the Future

8|28|14   |   2:20   |   (2) comments


Data centers are at the heart of key trends driving telecom -- network virtualization, the drive for increased agility, and the need to compete with OTT providers.
LRTV Custom TV
Why SPs Should Consider Cisco's EPN

8|27|14   |   5:40   |   (0) comments


Sultan Dawood from Cisco discusses Cisco's EPN, which enables SPs to build agile and programmable networks delivering new network virtualized services using Cisco's Evolved Services Platform (ESP).
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei’s Showcase @ Big Telecom Event 2014

8|26|14   |   2.56   |   (0) comments


SoftCOM is Huawei's framework for telecom business and network transformation. Haofei Liu, Solution Marketing Manager, Carrier Business Group, Huawei, showcases Huawei's SoftCOM architecture in this video.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei @ BTE 2014: Director of Integrated Solutions on SoftCOM & NFV Monetization

8|26|14   |   4.43   |   (0) comments


Libin Dai, Director of Integrated Solutions, Carrier Business Group, discusses Huawei's SoftCOM and NFV monetization. Huawei believes that NFV monetization should be service-driven rather than network-driven, and that operators should have network transformation, service transformation and a compatible and collaborative ecosystem in place in order to deploy NFV.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei @ BTE 2014: Director of US NFV Lab on CloudEdge & the Future of NFV

8|26|14   |   4.06   |   (0) comments


Sean Chen, Director of US NFV Lab at Huawei, discusses Huawei's new approach to NFV in open collaboration. Huawei believes that through Proof of Concept tests, it could help operators learn and communicate with the industry more effectively. Sean believes that successful implementation of NFV should have its values reaching to end users and discusses how Huawei's ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Highlights @ Big Telecom Event 2014

8|26|14   |   3.34   |   (0) comments


At the Big Telecom Event in Chicago Huawei showcases its high-level strategy, the SoftCOM architecture, which helps operators reduce the cost of ownership of their network infrastructure and generate additional revenue in the ICT service environment. Huawei showcases over 30 pilot programs from across the globe, focusing on the industry-leading commercial ...
Upcoming Live Events!!
September 23, 2014, Denver, CO
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 2, 2014, New York City
December 3, 2014, New York City
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
A survey conducted by Vasona Networks suggests that 72% of mobile users expect good performance all the time, and they'll blame the network operator when it's not up to par.
Today's Cartoon
Vacation Special Caption Competition Click Here
Latest Comment
Hot Topics
Introducing 'The New IP'
Stephen Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 9/11/2014
AT&T to Launch WiFi Calling in 2015
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/12/2014
Glimpsing the Self-Driving Car
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 9/12/2014
Apple's New iPhones Have 20 LTE Bands, VoLTE
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/9/2014
T-Mobile Accuses Huawei of Espionage
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/9/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed