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Press Release -- February 6th, 2018
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Nokia and China Unicom deploy AirGile cloud-native core network to enable new VoLTE and VoWiFi services in China

New network to be deployed in seven provinces, enabling agile delivery of VoLTE and VoWiFi, and 'one-number, multi-device' services
Nokia cloud-native core ensures interoperability with other vendors' equipment to enable ease of future network evolution
Deployment includes Nokia AirFrame, NetAct, CloudBand, vIMS and Session Border Controller, as well as analytics capabilities and systems integration services
5 February 2018

Espoo, Finland - Nokia and China Unicom are to deploy a cloud-native core network based on Nokia AirGile technology in seven Chinese provinces. The network will provide new agility which will enable the delivery of high-quality voice services, and lay the foundations for the future evolution to 5G.

The deployment of the Nokia cloud-native core network will enable China Unicom to deliver Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) and Voice-over-Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) capabilities from a single platform, as well as new services such as 'one-number, multi-devices'. As a result subscribers will experience high definition voice calling, faster call set-up and seamless connectivity as they move between China Unicom's 4G network and Wi-Fi access points, and receive calls on multiple connected devices.

Nokia will deploy its technology in seven provinces in China, including major industrial and tourist hubs: Sichuan, Inner Mongolia, Jilin, Hainan, Yunnan, Gansu and Hunan. The network will include Nokia AirGile cloud-native core technologies as well as the Nokia AirFrame data center, NetAct, CloudBand and Session Border Controller. Nokia will also act as a product and systems integrator.

A cloud-native core network will also offer operators such as China Unicom, the flexibility, responsiveness and adaptability required to deliver high-performance, ultra-reliability and low latency-required by massive IoT and 5G. By deploying a cloud-native core now, Nokia and China Unicom are laying the foundations for this future network evolution.

In 2017 Nokia and China Unicom began interoperability with other vendors' equipment, enabling China Unicom to be the first operator to deploy a three-layer decoupled network architecture using network functions virtualization to decouple hardware and software and ensure flexibility allowing each network layer to evolve independently.

Gao Bo, head of the China Unicom customer business team at Nokia Shanghai Bell said: "Nokia has the breadth of technology and services expertise to provide an end-to-end cloud native core for China Unicom. The network will deliver new capabilities and allow China Unicom to accelerate the launch of new services, while new agility will help enable a smooth transition toward 5G in the future."

About the Solution

Nokia AirGile cloud-native core
Nokia AirFrame data center solution
Nokia NetAct virtualized network management software
Nokia CloudBand Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) management and orchestration (MANO) portfolio, including RedHat OpenStack
Nokia Wireless Network Guardian (WNG) end-to-end network analytics and reporting software
Nokia Session Border Controller (SBC) to secure and control media and signaling streams that cross the edges of the IMS network
Nokia virtualized IMS and TAS and associated control functions providing both VoLTE and VoWiFi
Nokia Systems Integration services and product integration.
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