Nokia’s WING Gets 5G IoT Capabilities

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Nokia’s WING Gets 5G IoT Capabilities

Nokia announced that it is evolving its Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) managed service with 5G IoT and edge capabilities. This upgrade will facilitate operators in offering 5G IoT services without investing in global infrastructure themselves. WING was built to help operators capture early IoT market share without making investments in infrastructure themselves thanks to a pay-as-you-go business model. This allows the scaling of 5G IoT services faster and at low cost. WING innovations allows operators to serve their enterprise customers by providing 5G IoT services with ultra-low latency, high security and enhanced throughput.

WING also helps operators to leverage new business models and tap into industries such as connected cars, critical public services, and real-time industrial monitoring and control – and remote healthcare. Many of these surroundings will place very high demands on latency as well as the volume and velocity of data and security. WING has been developed to meet these stringent requirements, leveraging a distributed, flexible architecture that allows seamless upgrade to 5G.

To ease this complex transition, Nokia has invested in a 5G WING lab in Dallas, Texas. Operators around the globe can connect to it and begin testing 5G IoT use cases.

Nokia WING allows the user plane functions to be separated and extended to the far network edge or to enterprise premises. The distributed WING infrastructure can also 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. To realize the full potential of these diverse use cases, network slicing can be introduced via WING’s cloud native architecture.

Ankur Bhan, Head of Nokia WING Business said:

The innovative Nokia WING infrastructure offers superior IoT service experience through global network presence, unified orchestration and consistent service level agreements to operators’ enterprise customers. We have now upgraded WING’s global architecture to 5G to further help operators to monetize 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, said:

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.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Nokia

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