Telefónica has selected Nokia as the signaling and control function provider in its new 5G standalone core network. With this agreement Telefonica will increase the scalability and performance in its 5G SA deployments, getting a high level of reliability and abide by the highest security standards.
These signaling and control elements defined by 3GPP standard (NRF, SCP, NSSF, SEPP as signaling layer and AMF as part of 5G Core) will participate in the user authentication and mobility process, and will be in charge of ensuring that the connection between the network and the mobile device is under the best latency and bandwidth conditions, such as:
• Very high-capacity mobile broadband, with much higher mobility speeds than those provided by the previous technology (5G NSA).
• Low latency communications that make it possible to make new services available to companies and consumers, such as, the connected or autonomous vehicle, telemedicine services, security systems, intelligent manufacturing, etc.
• Massive machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, including the Internet of Things (IoT).
Furthermore, this also allows to Telefonica carry on its strategy to split the control and user plane and it is in line with its multi-vendor strategy and in preparation to a larger 5G rollout.
This Nokia’s 5G solution is infrastructure-agnostic and based on cloud-native containerized network functions, allowing for it to be deployed over any infrastructure with scalability and flexibility.
Ailton Santos, Head of Brazil at Nokia, said: “With Nokia 5G Signaling, Vivo will have the needed flexibility and scalability to reliably grow its 5G network and provide new services for its millions of subscribers. We look forward to continuing our valuable work together to bring 5G to Brazil.”
According to Elmo Matos, head of planning and technology network in Vivo: “This agreement is key for Telefonica to achieve a more open multi-vendor and virtualized core network strategy. This work allows us to have more innovative 5G networks, driving
Telefónica towards the future, and bringing the network closer to our customers every day, through new and better services”.