Nokia Completes 5G Core Standalone Network Trial With KDDI

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  • Nokia applied a service-based architecture to the 5G control plane that moved control functions completely into a cloud-based environment
  • Nokia’s 5G AirGile cloud-native core can be rolled out in a traditional network environment or a cloud environment

Espoo, Finland Nokia, and KDDI Corporation have completed a 5G core standalone (SA) network trial. This trial using Nokia’s 5G AirGile cloud-native core solution was conducted entirely independently of previous generations’ mobile network architecture.

In this trial, Nokia applied a service-based architecture to the 5G control plane that moved control functions completely into a cloud-based environment. This provided operators with improved scalability, velocity, and flexibility. It allowed KDDI to highlight how a 5G control plane can utilise the communication model of today’s web services to create multiple software instances in a cloud environment.

Enhance business processes

John Harrington, head of Nokia Japan, said, “For Nokia, 5G is much more than radio. It’s an end-to-end network transformation. We are pleased to have successfully completed this 5G core SA network trial together with KDDI, as it marks a crucial milestone for KDDI’s 5G SA deployment as well as for Japan’s 5G. Nokia will continue to contribute to the best of 5G and the cloud to enhance business processes and bring new applications and benefits to more markets and consumers.”

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Compliant with 3GPP Release 15 5G core functions

Nokia’s 5G AirGile cloud-native core can be rolled out in a traditional network environment or a cloud environment. It is fully compliant with 3GPP Release 15 5G core functions. With a 5G core SA network, consumers can experience the benefits of 5G by fully using enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), enhanced Machine Type Communication (eMTC) and Ultra Reliable Low Latency Connectivity (URLLC).

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