Nokia adds 5G services to its WING IoT platform
Written by: James Atkinson | Published:

Nokia is enhancing its Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) managed service platform by adding 5G and edge capabilities.

Nokia said that operators can access the service with minimal capital expenditure as they do not have to invest in global infrastructure.

This is because WING offers mobile operators a pay-as-you-go business model that allows them to scale up their 5G IoT services faster and more cost-effectively. Nokia argues that this means operators can capture early IoT market share without having to make investments in infrastructure. Nokia WING enables operators to offer 5G IoT services to their enterprise customers with ultra-low latency, high security and enhanced throughput.

The IoT platform means operators will be able to leverage new business models and tap into industries such as connected cars, critical public services, and real-time industrial monitoring and control, as well as remote healthcare. Many of these use cases will place unprecedented demands on latency, the volume and velocity of data and security.

Nokia said WING is architected from the ground up to meet these stringent requirements, leveraging a distributed, flexible architecture that allows seamless upgrade to 5G. Nokia has invested in a 5G WING lab in Dallas, Texas, to which operators around the globe can connect and begin testing 5G IoT use cases.

As part of the 5G introduction, Nokia WING allows the user plane functions to be separated and extended to the far network edge or to enterprise premises, ensuring ultra-low latency.

In parallel, this distributed WING infrastructure can be enhanced with Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) technology, improving the ability to support compute-intensive IoT services such as AR/VR maintenance, and cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) use cases. In order to realize the full potential of these diverse use cases, Nokia said network slicing can be introduced via WING’s cloud native architecture.

Ankur Bhan, head of Nokia WING business at Nokia, said, “We have now upgraded WING’s global architecture to 5G to further help operators to monetise IoT opportunities faster and cost-effectively in the 5G era. We are actively working with operators, who have a global enterprise customer base and need to address their increasing needs for secure, low-latency IoT use cases across geographical borders.”

Brian Partridge, vice president, applied infrastructure & DevOps channel at 451 Research, added, “5G holds great promise but the cost and complexity of building a dedicated, global 5G infrastructure to support IoT services is a major obstacle for CSPs.

“The features and performance of 5G can help digitally transform industries like transportation, healthcare, and manufacturing over the next several years and CSPs are eager to establish new value chain positions in these markets. We expect such managed services that demonstrate success in accelerating the ‘time-to-value’ or de-risking 5G investment for both enterprises and CSPs will generate strong demand.”


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