Nokia and Deutsche Telekom Group last week announced they are expanding their strategic cooperation to build a 5G-ready IP network. As part of its network modernization, Deutsche Telekom needed to replace an existing IP edge/core network that was reaching its end of service with a new network that can cope with 5G and ultra broadband access requirements. A key principle to achieve this was the consolidation of network layers through the integration of IP aggregation and edge/BNG (Broadband Network Gateway) functions into one converged layer.
Deutsche Telekom selected Nokia’s 7750 Service Router (SR) platform to expand capacity across its edge/core routing network as it prepares for next-generation broadband and 5G services. Deployment has already started in Greece, where Nokia is replacing and modernizing the operator’s existing IP network. Rollout in Hungary is expected in Q4 2020.
“Our affiliates need to expand and modernize their IP networks to address stringent 5G IP transport requirements,” Bernhard Scholl, Technology Europe VP Access Core & Transport at Deutsche Telekom, said. “We continue to see tremendous growth in network traffic and the need to deliver more throughput and higher capacity with strict QoS to our customers is critical. This is particularly the case as bandwidth intensive applications are shifting to on demand video along with the growing usage of cloud-based services. Building out this backbone with Nokia’s IP edge routers will allow us to stay ahead of our customers’ network needs.”
The 7750 SR-s is managed by the Nokia Network Services Platform (NSP). NSP supports 5G IP transport with automated slicing across IP and optical transport layers with end-to-end orchestration of network resource provisioning and assurance operations.