How Has Nokia Oyj (ADR)(NYSE:NOK) Redefined Fixed Access Virtualization?


Nokia Oyj (ADR)(NYSE:NOK) released its new Software-Defined Access Network solution, a comprehensive set of open programmable hardware, cloud-native software, scalable deployment practices, integration services and automated operations. Leveraging company’s work with industry bodies, extensive collaboration and open source initiatives with major service providers, SDAN allows operators to avoid vendor lock-in and build pragmatic solutions as they tackle surging consumer demand.

The highlights

The policy maker and end-user demand for broadband is making operators to add more bandwidth, more technologies and more connections, meaning growing complexity in the network. Software-Defined Access Network is the base to turning the access network smarter, thereby operators can manage complexity and cost and renew their ability to grow.

Rather than apply virtualization just for sake, Software-Defined Access Network harnesses programmability and cloud intelligence to support concrete application cases that bring the best value to operators, like virtual access networks, network slicing, wavelength mobility, data center practices, automated operations, edge cloud architectures and cloud-based provisioning to allow IoT and 5G applications.

Nokia’s unique cloud-native software platform named Altiplano is designed for the NFV/SDN segment, renewing operators’ capability to scale by virtualizing and centralizing network functionality that was conventionally embedded in the access equipment. Altiplano provides intuitive business ideas to cut across conventional network management silos as well as auto-align the network. Using open interfaces, open industry initiatives and open data models, Altiplano provides operators to integrate company SDAN easily in a multivendor scenario.

The Nokia Lightspan family offers programmable access nodes, particularly intended for SDAN application cases, which bring data center initiatives to the central office and launch operational and cloud agility to the fiber/copper outside plant. The compact and innovative Lightspan hardware showcases increased throughput, power-efficient design and powerful processing. It boasts the Lightspan SX-16F, the preliminary 16-port reverse-supported micro-node. It also comprises the Lightspan CF-24W that offers the industry’s best next-generation PON capacity in a one-rack unit.

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