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.

  • 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

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.

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