Networks are on the threshold of a transformation driven by the demands of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the advent of 5G technologies that will create new services and applications. These will require seamless, fast, scalable and ultra-reliable access that can only be delivered by a ‘Network of Networks’.
Unfortunately, simply evolving current radio access network (RAN) architectures will not meet the new requirements in a sufficiently agile and cost-effective way. So, what is the solution? Will distributed or centralized architectures be needed? What are the advantages and drawbacks of purpose-built platforms versus cloud-based solutions? How can operators start today to prepare effectively for the transformation that will be needed?
These are key questions that operators face and can start to address straight away.
This white paper describes Nokia’s vision for a multi-layer and cloud-ready RAN architecture and aims to help operators identify the challenges and how to solve them, as well as the opportunities open to operators.
This white paper is published on the GSA web site with the permission of the author.
Nokia is an Executive Member of GSA
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