Nokia and Google Cloud Partnering on 5G Radio Solutions

ESPOO, Finland — Nokia is working with Google Cloud to help enterprises tap into the power of 5G.

Nokia and Google will partner on joint solutions that combine Nokia’s radio access network (RAN), open RAN, cloud RAN (vRAN) and edge cloud technologies with Google’s edge computing platform and applications ecosystem, according to the companies last quarter.

The collaboration is intended to lead to the development of use cases and solutions to “solve key 5G scenarios for businesses worldwide.”

Serving communications service providers

The partners believe that driving 5G connectivity and advanced services can unlock monetization opportunities for communications service providers (CSPs) from enterprise customers at the network edge, delivering digital experiences. 

The deal allows Nokia to expand its ecosystem of partners and help CSPs lower deployment and operational costs to assist in monetizing 5G implementations. 

“Our service provider customers will benefit greatly from this collaboration with more choice and flexibility to efficiently deploy and orchestrate 5G networks," said Tommi Uitto, president of mobile networks, Nokia. 

"This will ultimately help our customers deliver 5G services on the network edge and having multiple options of cloud-based solutions will pave the way forward.”

Google Cloud and Nokia will develop the scope of the initial collaboration by exploring new technologies and solutions to enhance their joint 5G cloud RAN and edge cloud solutions.

“This partnership will combine both of our decades of mobile communications expertise to deliver new solutions that help CSPs enable business transformation at the network edge," said Bikash Koley, VP of Google global network and head of technology for telecom products, Google Cloud.

Courtesy Pixabay. 
Courtesy Pixabay.

The new edge and convergence solutions from the collaboration will, for instance, help Vancouver, Canada-based TELUS, a telecom company, "fuel a fundamental shift to digital across communications, health care, agriculture and many other sectors," said Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO, TELUS.


Work under the partnership is underway at Nokia’s headquarters in Espoo, Finland.

  • Cloud RAN will integrate Nokia’s 5G virtualized distributed unit (vDU) and 5G virtualized centralized unit (vCU) with Google’s edge computing platform, running on Google Cloud Anthos, a managed application platform

  • Nokia’s 5G stand-alone network with vCU and 5G core will be tested on the Google Cloud Anthos platform as a cloud-native deployment 

Nokia is also planing to certify its Nokia AirFrame Open Edge hardware with Google Cloud Anthos to meet performance demands. 

Nokia AirFrame Open Edge distributes computing capacity into the edge of a network and drives the implementation of cloud RAN, multi-access edge computing (MEC) and 5G.

Edge computing market

The global edge computing market was valued at USD $4.68 billion in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 38.4% from 2021 to 2028, when it will reach USD $61.4 billion, according to Grand View Research.

Some of the top sectors in the market are energy, utilities, transportation and logistics.

Much of the market is comprised of applications for smart cities, smart buildings and smart homes.

Edge computing providers

These are some of the other companies in the market:

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • RedHat
  • HPE Edgeline
  • Microsoft
  • IBM
  • Cisco
  • Dell EMC
  • SAP

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