Nokia launches ‘as a service’ portfolio for connected world


 XaaS portfolio uses  services expertise across fixed, mobile and IP technologies

Nokia has launched an extensive ‘everything as a service’ – XaaS –  portfolio to enable operators and enterprises to use the company’s scale and expertise to meet the demands of the ultra-connected world rapidly and cost efficiently.

The XaaS portfolio will use the latest Nokia data centre technology; the Open Compute Project  AirFrame Data Centre.

Nokia is extending its XaaS offer to deliver a wide range of technologies including Wi-Fi, fixed and mobile ‘as a service’ at a time when enterprises recognise the business opportunity in providing connectivity to attract data-hungry customers. Cafés, stores and other venues offer Wi-Fi access, and operators are evolving their networks, but for operators with multiple technologies, or enterprises not focused on delivering communications services, network management can present challenges.

Nokia will host technologies, delivering them ‘as a service’ securely on a multi-tenancy basis using the Nokia AVA platform. This will allow customers to turn capital expenditure into operating expenditure while reducing overall installation, integration and ownership costs by up to 40%, it claimed.

Through its AirScale ‘Wi-Fi Controller as a service’ offer Nokia will manage the enterprise Wi-Fi network. The Nokia Wi-Fi controller will remotely configure, monitor and manage up to 8,000 outdoor and indoor access points, allowing support to be scaled as demand grows. Remote validation of access points and subscribers will ensure secure connectivity.

Nokia is also using its AVA platform to deliver ‘Optimization as a service’, allowing operators to access and use proprietary software applications such as 3-D Geolocation, backed by Nokia services expertise, to transform planning and optimisation activities. AVA provides a single unified platform to continuously collect and store colossal amounts of data, while providing open APIs for analytics. Operators will have access to high levels of task automation and best in class analytics software providing them with the flexibility to select the applications that meet their exact needs, Nokia claimed.

Igor Leprince, head of global services at Nokia, said: “With the number of connected applications growing rapidly, XaaS models are vital to quickly bring expertise to a wide range of businesses. The extensive Nokia XaaS portfolio will allow operators and enterprises to tap our global scale and experience and capitalise on operational efficiencies while rapidly meeting subscriber demands with the quality they expect in today’s connected world.”


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