Nokia Networks has unveiled a new network architecture that is programmable and aimed squarely at whatever 5G turns out to be. Drawing extensively on concepts like NFV and SDN, Nokia is claiming this offers operators a Network-as-a-Service model.
5G, we’re told, won’t be a whole new system, but a collection of independent component parts. Nokia reckons what’s needed, therefore, is a ‘system of systems’ that integrates and aligns all this distinct moving parts in a programmable way. That’s where the NFV/SDN influence is felt most strongly, the big USPs being efficiency, control and flexibility.