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Nokia launches application containers for CSPs and partners Orange on refurbished equipment

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Nokia has introduced application containers enabling communication service providers (CSPs) to easily install applications on customer premise equipment.

The new solution enables CSPs to bypass firmware releases to deploy new applications creating new monetisation opportunities for CSPs who can now dynamically provide a far richer suite of services.

“We believe application containers are as exciting for broadband providers as was the invention of app stores for mobile devices," said Sandy Motley, president of fixed networks at Nokia.

"They open a whole new world for our customers to innovate, to create revenue streams and to bring more value to the end-users. We conservatively estimate that by 2025, 30% of broadband-connected homes will be benefiting from third party software and services delivered to the devices via applications containers.”

Containers create an environment within a device which can host independent isolated applications without interfering with the functioning of the device or other applications. This means service providers can quickly add new services and capabilities, including from third parties, therefore creating new monetisation opportunities.

As such, Nokia is establishing an community of third party developers to make their applications available to CSPs through its container applications platform. Initial partners include F-Secure for cybersecurity, Broadpeak for multicast-ABR video delivery, Cognitive Systems for Wi-Fi motion sensing, Gamebench for performance monitoring, Domos for performance optimisation, Ookla for speed test, and NTOP for traffic analysis.

Nokia’s application containers will initially be available on its premium residential broadband devices including fibre, Wi-Fi and Fixed Wireless Access gateways.

At the same time, the company has partnered with Orange to increase the use of refurbished equipment in telecoms infrastructure.

Under the terms of the collaboration, refurbished network equipment will be offered by Nokia to all Orange subsidiaries via BuyIn, the procurement alliance of Orange and Deutsche Telekom.

"We are proud to share our common vision of the circular economy with Nokia, a vision where environmental exemplarity supports sustainable value creation," said Ramon Fernandez, delegate CEO and executive director finance, performance and development at Orange.

"This mutual understanding leads today to this first major contractual step forward for the Orange Group and its subsidiaries, with a positive environmental impact for our two groups."

This joint commitment will comprise radio-based equipment (Radio Access Network), with plans to also include other network equipment in the medium and long-term. The refurbishment process is expected to generate reductions in carbon emissions as opposed to manufacturing new equipment. The partnership will also create a competitive and reliable alternative to network operators.

“Committing to circularity takes us another step closer to achieving our own climate goals, as well as supporting our customers in achieving theirs," said Tommi Uitto, president of mobile networks at Nokia.

"Digitalisation reduces waste, reuse extends product life, and through this we are able to realise the full value of our products. This framework agreement demonstrates the importance of collaboration in resolving the big challenges society faces and we all need to act together.”