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Nokia’s CSF platform now available on AWS

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Nokia’s Common Software Foundation platform now supports Amazon Web Services (AWS).

As a result of this collaboration communication service providers (CSPs) now have additional deployment options as well as faster time to service when rolling out 5G or digital services.

The news builds on a previous collaboration between the two companies. In 2017, the two entered into a strategic partnership to accelerate the migration to the cloud. This most recent announcement is the next step in Nokia’s move to deliver cloud-native functions and applications, enabled by the company’s Common Software Foundation (CSF).

“Our Common Software Foundation continues to drive commercial value forward for our customers including choice of deployment options. CSF now enables all our cloud-native network functions and applications on AWS,” said Bhaskar Gorti, president of Nokia Software. “And when we combine Nokia pre-engineered solutions with AWS deployment, CSPs will be able to commission a new 5G mobile core or provision a new service offering with the click of a button – meaningfully changing CSP economics and operational time frames.”

With many Nokia-powered 5G networks live in such markets as the US, Japan and South Korea, CSPs are looking for public cloud options to enhance their service offering and delivery. AWS enables the extension of its cloud programming model to CSPs’ premises.  

“Whether for OPEX optimisation, on-demand capacity to optimize CAPEX, quick time to market, or support of 5G and other edge compute applications, public cloud deployments of advanced network software are a critical new option for CSPs,” added Dana Cooperson, Analysys Mason research director. “Companies such as Nokia and AWS working together is a positive step in making this option a reality.”

To date, Nokia offers a number of applications on AWS including customer experience, service fulfilment and orchestration solutions. Through this engineering collaboration, Nokia will prioritise 5G solutions including mobile core, network & service orchestration, and device management & operational support systems suites. Additionally, all new Nokia Software cloud-native network functions and applications moving forward will be available on AWS once released.

“Interest in AWS from the CSP market segment beyond IT workloads is growing rapidly,” said Matt Garman, vice president of AWS Compute Services, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “We are delighted to be working with Nokia and helping them leverage the power of AWS for their network infrastructure solutions and business and operational support applications.”