Idea Cellular and Nokia have recently entered into an agreement to deploy Nokia’s cloud-native core technology throughout its network as part of Idea’s transformative steps toward digitalization to meet increasing data demand and mobile broadband growth.
Further, the Cloud technology will allow Idea to run both data and voice services on a common Cloud platform, significantly reducing operational cost and time-to-market and providing a better quality of service for its subscribers, Nokia said in its statement recently.
Adding the Cloud platform enhances automation capabilities, such as lifecycle management, higher scalabilities, and capacities, thus bringing greater operational benefits to Idea’s network, the statement added.
“As India prepares to define its path to 5G, we at Idea are building the foundation by adding Nokia’s cloud core capabilities. This deployment will allow us to deliver a best-in-class network experience to our subscribers and significantly reduce the time required to introduce new services,” said Anil Tandan, Chief Technology Officer at Idea.
Nokia first unveiled its cloud packet core technology in February 2017 shortly after it completed its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. At the time, the company said that its cloud-native core software will support both wireless and fixed access technologies, whether licensed or unlicensed, and that it can be used separately or combined to deliver services.
Idea Cellular isn’t the first to deploy the company’s cloud platform. Early this year Swedish operator Telia also said it was deploying Nokia’s cloud packet core platform across its network in all six countries where it operates, including Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, and Lithuania.