Nokia’s Network as Code platform aims to fast-track software app development

Nokia’s Network as Code platform aims to fast-track software app development

Nokia has recently unveiled its Network as Code platform and developer portal, which provides application developers with various tools.

According to Nokia executives, modern 5G networks are software-based and can be programmed using APIs and development tools. This allows developers to tap into extensive functionality and data, empowering them to create new use cases and enhance customer capabilities.

Additionally, the company distinguishes between two primary categories of network capabilities: 5G and advanced. 5G capabilities encompass network slicing, quality on-demand and edge cloud. On the other hand, advanced capabilities encompass functions such as subscriber and device status and billing, which are not reliant on 5G networks.

Nokia says the Network as Code platform provides developers with various tools and resources to leverage network capabilities effectively. These include Software Development Kits (SDKs), comprehensive Network API documentation, a code creation and testing sandbox, code snippets for seamless application integration and developer analytics for precise usage tracking.

Further, according to Camille Mendler, chief analyst of enterprise services at Omdia, APIs have significant potential to simplify digital consumption, minimize market obstacles and facilitate the monetization of ideas.

“In the evolving 5G ecosystem, programmable networks and advanced APIs will play a pivotal role, serving as the bridge that enables seamless collaboration, innovation, and mutual growth,” states Jason Jackson, the vice president and distinguished engineer at Kyndryl.

The Nokia Network as Code platform was developed using technical standards from industry initiatives such as the Linux Foundation Camera project and the GSMA Open Gateway initiative. This platform will be commercially available starting from December 2023.

Nokia also recently announced the expansion of its IP router portfolio with the introduction of the 7730 Service Interconnect Router (SXR) product family.

The new technology provides reliable performance, security and sustainable solutions for advanced IP networks. It is particularly suited for smaller or distributed edge locations, meeting the growing demands for capacity and capabilities in broadband and cloud network architectures.

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