Nokia is strengthening its software portfolio in security, automation, and monetization, with AI at the core of the portfolio to “better meet its customer needs and expand its footprint in its addressable market.”
Nokia’s software business evolution builds on the success of re-architecting its applications to make them fully cloud-native and deployable in any cloud environment, edge, public or private; this in addition to launching several Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) services to provide CSPs and enterprises with faster time-to-value in operating their telecom networks.
Henceforth, Nokia’s OSS, BSS and security software applications come under Nokia’s brand, AVA (Automation, Visualization, Analytics), which aims to provide “Intelligence Everywhere” through AI, machine learning, no code configuration, open APIs, multi-cloud orchestration and digital ecosystems.
Nokia’s purpose in introducing the AVA Open Analytics framework is to help CSPs accelerate AI projects, in part by simplifying how data is stored and used by moving customers from monolithic and centralized data “lakes” to a hybrid data mesh architecture. According to industry estimates, data scientists can spend around 40% of their time on data wrangling and repetitive tasks that could be automated.
Nokia expects the framework to be fully commercially available in 2023.
Nokia is also introducing the IGNITE Digital Ecosystem to bring together customers and application partners to accelerate and commercialize innovation in security, automation and monetization solutions. Also read: Private Wireless Networks Are a Vital Step in Digital Transformation Journeys, says Nokia
Using Nokia’s ecosystem enablement platform (www.open-ecosystem.org), IGNITE facilitates collaboration through secure access to the resources needed, including on-demand product sandboxes for experimentation and integration. More than 20 projects are already underway with customers and application providers, including the development of new machine-learning models, automation and cybersecurity incident detection and response use cases.
Ahmad Latif Ali, associate VP European Telecom Insights at IDC, said, “Telcos are searching for more intelligent ways to monetize their network data. As they do that, telcos must consider implementing next-generation AI, ML, and data governance capabilities. Nokia’s announcement is an example of a vendor redoubling its efforts to drive further analytics innovation and 5G value for CSPs and enterprises.”
Meanwhile, Hamdy Farid, senior vice president, Business Applications at Nokia, noted, “By strengthening our analytics framework and unifying our portfolio under the AVA brand, we are reinforcing our commitment to provide deep intelligence across our security, automation, and monetization solutions. We look forward to partnering with our CSP and enterprise customers along with application developers to drive further innovation and create 5G value.”