April 27, 2018

Nokia to launch AirFrame servers for cloud-based telcos

The launch aims to support cloud-based radio access network applications (RAN) by leveraging edge technology.

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Mobile giant Nokia are all set to launch AirFrame servers for mobile network operators. With this launch, Nokia aims to support telecom operators with cloud-based radio access network applications (RAN) by leveraging edge technology.

According to Nokia, the advent of 5G is likely to boost demand for edge processing and AirFrame can provide service to those telcos deploying 5G. They also say that the AirFrame Open Edge Server, built according to Open Compute Project specifications, is compatible with the existing servers of Nokia.

Speaking about the product, Marc Rouanne, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, commented:

The edge cloud will play an essential role in delivering the compute power required for 5G. By expanding our AirFrame and 5G Future X portfolio we can provide a network architecture that meets the needs of any operator and their customers.

Nokia claim that they had released two ReefShark chips; one to maximize compute speeds and the other for radio frequency applications. They also say that these chips can be accommodated into the chassis of AirFrame servers to provide lower friction in order to improve distribution.

Speaking about this in detail, Rouanne added:

Used with the Nokia ReefShark chipset and our real-time cloud infrastructure software, the Nokia AirFrame open edge server will deliver the right decentralization of 4G and 5G networks.

We can work with operators to ensure that data center capabilities are deployed exactly where they are needed to manage demands as they expand their service offering.

It will be interesting to witness how telcos make the most out of AirFrame servers after the launch of 5G.

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