Nokia Claims Intelligence

CANNES, France -- 3GSM Congress -- Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) threw down an IP services gauntlet to network infrastructure rivals today by announcing what it calls its "Intelligent Edge" (see Nokia Intros Packet Edge).

Essentially, this is a suite of software that carriers can use to upgrade their existing core IP networks with “service aware” intelligence, allowing them to roll out fancy new IP applications and bill for them -- as easy as yksi, kaksi, kolme, Nokia says.

Initially, the Intelligent Edge will be used to roll out applications on wireless networks, allowing carriers to provide services such as push-to-talk across their present GPRS, and soon-to-be-deployed EDGE, networks (see Vendors Push Carrier Upgrades). Eventually, the same capabilities will find a place on terrestrial networks, also, Nokia says, allowing carriers to build networks that can offer full end-to-end, real-time IP services, including voice and a host of multimedia services.

Is there a timescale for that? "Full voice-over-IP capabilities will depend largely on the availability of SIP [session initiation protocol] terminals that can set up a dedicated IP session across the network, and we don't publish a timetable for that development," says Dr. J.T. Bergqvist, senior vice president and general manager, IP Mobility Networks, at Nokia Networks.

Nokia says its product's "service aware" capabilities are based on an agreed industry standard called the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), as defined by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), an industry standards body. The software to enable the Intelligent Edge will be commercially available in the second half of 2003.

It all sounds splendid, but as several attendees to the GSM event today pointed out, Nokia hardly has a rich heritage in IP developments.

"An IP heritage is not necessary," retorts Bergqvist.

Lucky really, given Nokia’s track record in the IP arena. In 1997 it disappointed many by rescuing the annoying Ipsilon Networks from the reaper's sickle for $120 million -- a move that prompted wiseacres to question whether there was a word for “due diligence” in the Finnish language. Since then it also tripped over its floppy Nordic clown shoes with the ill-starred purchase of Amber Networks (see Nokia Kills Amber Router). None of this seemed to dampen Bergqvist’s enthusiasm. "This is the first major step towards a next-generation control mechanism that will involve replacing the switching fabrics of networks," he says. [Ed. note: Did he happen to mention whether it would also cause a rift in the space-time continuum?]

As Unstrung went to press, analysts were still poring over Nokia's news to determine whether this was a key step forward towards functioning commercial IP services across networks. Yksi, kaksi, kolme...

— Ray Le Maistre, European Editor, Unstrung
Holy Grail 12/5/2012 | 12:37:15 AM
re: Nokia Claims Intelligence I guess now that they've shot holes in both feet, it's time to start pointing it at their head.

What is it with these mobile guys? Are they a victim of their own success. They start out with an incedibly useful invention in the mobile telephone, which quite rightly they make a ton of money out of, then they go out and start hiring "yes men" who appear to get paid to figure out brain dead schemes for turning probably the most useful thing invented in the 20th century into probably the most useless.

I wonder when some smart person is going to figure out that 98% of folks just want to talk on their mobile phones!! And I wonder if that same smart person is going to realise that running all this stuff over an IPv6 network is just about as likely to happen as the mobile operators being able to eliminate their debts from incremental 3G revenues!!

Dudes, I might want to check my email over the mobile phone, or possibly browse the web. But I'm only going to do this if the data service actually delivers some decent bandwidth at a sensible price, otherwise I'm going to use public data network infrastructure and access it locally via low cost high bandwidth fixed or wireless. The point is that these applications are things I need to do while seated somewhere at a desk, I don't need to be downloading my email while driving in the car or walking down the road.

Wake up and smell the coffee dudes! Oops that's probably given them another idea, watch out for the Nokia 9876Espresso, I can see it now a deal between Nokia and Starbucks that means your Cafe Latte triple Espresso extra frothey double choco designer coffee can be ordered from the handset, you can watch it being brewed on the broadband video screen and by using the location based service they guide you to the door of the nearest Starbucks and debit your bank account when you key in the 4 digit PIN on your own personal coffee cup.


Physical_Layer 12/5/2012 | 12:37:14 AM
re: Nokia Claims Intelligence HG - a bunch of excellent points, and definitely one of the funniest posts I've read in a while. I guess it all boils down to how much $$ Nokia is spending on all of this. If you are right, then hopefully it's not too much.
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