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Nokia claims ‘industry-first’ integrated intent-based solution launch

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Nokia is claiming the industry’s first launch of a fully integrated intent-based solution that it says completely changes how operators build fixed access networks to deliver ultra-broadband services.

Unveiling its new intent-based Altiplano Access Controller Nokia says, with the solution, operators will be able to flexibly move toward software-defined access and gain more intuitive and automated control to deliver a gigabit experience to users everywhere.

According to Nokia, in the race to deliver a better broadband experience, operators are upgrading their access networks and introducing new technologies like 5G Fixed Wireless Access.

However, Nokia says that with each upgrade come additional service management and operational complexity - which limit an operator’s ability to quickly introduce new services - but software-defined access networks (SDAN) can help by creating an open programmable network that is easier to adapt, automate and expand.

“Innovative intent-based solutions like our Altiplano Access Controller are changing the game for how operators deliver services over their network,” says Sandra Motley, President of Fixed Networks at Nokia.

“No longer confined by their underlying infrastructure, operators can now create a service with the assurance of knowing the network will automatically configure and adapt to support what’s needed.”

According to Nokia, while the benefits of SDAN and intent-based networking are significant, operators typically have extensive network investments that simply can’t be replaced or upgraded at once.

Nokia says that to avoid stranding existing systems and disrupting business, operators need the flexibility to add SDAN in incremental steps – and it supports this stepped approach with a toolkit of services and solutions that help operators build, integrate and operate software-defined access at their own pace, including:

  • Quick-start solutions that help operators bring SDAN into the lab, conduct trials or start a deployment with minimal OSS impact and faster time-to-service.
  • Support for legacy with SDAN integrating easily into existing IT systems via a rich choice of protocols. Combined with a unique service to seamlessly migrate Nokia ISAM nodes to Lightspan, operators get a safe and efficient evolution path.
  • OSS and system integration services that help reduce the risk, cost and time it takes to build, integrate and operate software-defined access.

Ray Owen, CTO at NBN, said: “As a long-standing strategic partner for nbn, Nokia continues to play a key role in helping us evolve our network to meet our broadband access goals”.

“Nokia’s cutting-edge SDAN technology allows us to manage the various G.fast deployments we have across the nbn FTTC network. It also gives us the flexibility to enhance the customer experience management and advance our own operations systems with integration into the Nokia SDAN open environment.”

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