Google Cloud and Nokia Partner on 5G Core and Edge
Google Cloud and Nokia signed a deal with to jointly develop 5G core and edge products for operators and enterprise. The contract expand their relationship, three months after signing cooperation on IT infrastructure developement.
The companies said in a statement that the collaboration will bring Nokia’s voice, cloud packet and 5G cores; network exposure function; data management; and signalling, with Google Cloud’s Anthos for Telecom platform. They will work to validate, optimise and evolve cloud-native network functions and co-innovate new solutions that will help CSPs deliver 5G connectivity and services at scale. They flagged retail and manufacturing as two sectors which stand to benefit.
CTO of cloud and network services at Nokia Ron Haberman, highlighted the telecom industry’s evolution to virtual network functions, stating new cloud-native features and automation will enable new agility and use cases in the 5G era. Google launched Anthos for Telecom in March 2020, billing it as the cloud equivalent of its Android mobile operating system. Nokia teamed with Google Cloud in October 2020 to move its on-premise IT infrastructure to the public cloud as part of a bid to cut costs.