Nokia announces cloud software subscription service for comms providers
The Finnish networking giant will offer communication service providers multiple cloud services as part of the subscription.
On Wednesday, Nokia revealed its new approach to help strengthen business outcomes for CSPs through a “highly flexible, fully automated, lower cost software model.”
Its aim is to offer CSP services in the areas of analytics, security, and data management. These will be available in early 2022.
The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings are designed to enable telecom firms and operators to produce less expensive, more flexible, and more customer-centric pathway for operating their networks or delivering new services.
Nokia said offering SaaS services for CSPs is a natural development of Everything-as-a-Service, a main element of the vendor’s overall strategy.
“It reflects a culmination of steps Nokia has taken in recent years to enhance CSP network operations, including rearchitecting its software applications to make them fully cloud-native and deployable in any cloud environment, edge, public or private,” Nokia said.
The company said that carriers and operators need to “shift away from the legacy practice of deploying customised software for analytics, security, network management, and other functions, that run on costly, complex, on-premise infrastructure,” so that they can benefit from 5G opportunities.
Nokia therefore wants to provide software on demand, through a subscription, to improve value and reduce complexity.
The subscription service removes expensive up front capital expenditure by taking away the need to perform on-site software maintenance and updates.
Money is saved by allowing carriers and operators to launch their new services quickly, and achieve “time to value” faster.
Nokia said, to help achieve this, as a part of the line-up of SaaS services, Nokia Data Marketplace (NDM) is “now commercially available through a SaaS framework to give CSPs an easy and securely way to share and access data.”
NDM was launched “as a service” earlier this year. The recently-revealed SaaS version will offer enhanced automation, efficiency and scalability to CSPs and enterprises in a variety of industry sectors, including energy, public sector, transportation and smart cities.
Raghav Sahgal, president of Cloud and Network Services at Nokia said that “the convergence of 5G, cloud native software and SaaS creates a great and fast-growing opportunity for Nokia.”
Adding that “with the groundwork we’ve already been laying, our SaaS delivery framework is in a very strong competitive position. It enables a combination of rapid time to value with on-demand access for Nokia SaaS applications and low cost of ownership, based on a pay-as-you-go/pay-a-you-grow commercial model. This is a multi-year journey and we are going at it aggressively.”
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