Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) begins Technology Vision 2020 — Big Data telco platform prototype analyses one million live messages a second, bringing together the best of IT and telco technologies.
Through this, the company aims to execute a hands-on innovation approach to enable mobile broadband networks to profitably deliver one gigabyte of personalised data per user per day by 2020. The company further says recent advances such as Big Data follow the Technology Vision 2020 blueprint for future mobile networks to help operators deal with extreme traffic growth, simplify network operations and provide the ultimate personal gigabyte experience.
With data demand on the rise, industry players need to improve profitability and personalised experience simultaneously. The company says it is committed to meet this challenge by implementing the six pillars of its Technology Vision 2020 that have been defined in cooperation with operators globally. These are enable 1000 times more capacity, reduce latency to milliseconds, teach networks to be self-aware, personalise network experience, reinvent telco for the cloud and flatten total energy consumption.
Hossein Moiin, Executive Vice President, Technology and Innovation, and member of the Executive Board, NSN, says, “Until now, end users have learned how to use mobile broadband networks to enrich their lives. In the future, end users will teach networks and devices how to evolve and adapt to 2020 lifestyles. Technology Vision 2020 is a guide that equips mobile broadband networks to adapt to those lifestyles. We are working closely with customers, partners, top universities and research institutes to make Technology Vision 2020 a reality.”
Igor Leprince, Senior Vice President, MEA at NSN says, “Nokia Solutions and Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband with a strong strategy of focus, innovation and quality. Our Q3 financials with a strong operating margin is yet another proof of our successful strategy. Our Middle East and Africa (MEA) business region is a strong part of this strategy. Mobile broadband use in the region has been growing dramatically and subscribers will reach a stage wherein using 1GB of personalised data per day per user will be a normal phenomenon in few years time. With our Technology Vision 2020, we are helping operators in the region to prepare themselves to be able to deliver 1 GB of data per day per user – and profitably.”
According to the company, reducing latency to milliseconds is an area where it has already taken significant steps by introducing Liquid Applications, which turns the base station into an intelligent part of the mobile operator’s network to store, process and deliver local content in close proximity to the end user.
The company further says, in teaching networks to be self-aware and personalising network experience, its global team have developed the first working implementation of a linearly scalable big data platform for the telco environment. This new technology is already capable of crunching one million messages a second.
Reinventing telco for the cloud is a step by step approach where the company has started ‘cloudification’ of software elements from its Customer Experience Management and OSS offering, moving towards IMS, mobile core and ultimately towards radio access elements. Over time, the migration of network elements in combination with software defined networking (SDN) will transform today’s networks into a fully software defined infrastructure that is both highly efficient and flexible.
Flattening total energy consumption despite heavy traffic growth is a growing concern for operators. In mature markets energy consumption accounts for 10-15 percent of the total network OPEX now and can reach even 50 percent in developing markets. The focal point for improving energy efficiency is the radio access, which accounts for around 80 percent of all mobile network energy consumption. Ultimately the energy efficiency that can be achieved by 2020 depends heavily on the pace of network modernisation. To improve energy efficiency massively, the company drives advanced power amplifier innovations, deployment studies for customer networks, industry initiatives and standardisation.