Virtualization, coupled with cloud-based systems, has radically changed enterprise structures in recent days. Nokia is aiming to import this revolution to the telecom sector by researching on next-generation virtualized mobile networks.
The concept is not new and has been around for a while, with many wireless operators around the globe showing keen interest in it. It is popularly referred to as Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), which proposes that an enterprise system can be virtualized.
Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) and SK Telecom in South Korea have been working on NFV research. The basic premise of the research is the possibility of virtualizing the core structure of a mobile network. This has countless advantages, not only for the operators but also for the common consumers.
For a start, this will allow the operators to use non-proprietary equipment and commodity hardware. Such a shift can radically trim down the operational costs for wireless carriers. Reduced costs will also translate to more affordable wireless services for the common consumers.
Moreover, companies can roll out new services more rapidly through such a flexible system. Such obvious advantages of NFV is why many wireless operators around the globe, including the likes of China Mobile and Verizon, have expressed interest in the idea of virtual mobile networks.
Nokia and SK Telecom have been able to launch a joint proof-of-concept during which, they showed a controlled flow of signaling traffic on a virtual mobile network. This is only a start, but a good start, and hopes are high that we may see a virtualization revolution occur in the wireless industry in the coming days.
Courtesy: Info World