Nokia’s new IP routers promise to transform the network landscape

Nokia’s new IP routers promise to transform the network landscape

Nokia recently unveiled its expanded IP router portfolio by introducing the 7730 Service Interconnect Router (SXR) product family.

According to the company, the new technology offers reliable performance, security and sustainable solutions for advanced IP access and aggregation networks.

They are also well-suited for smaller or distributed IP edge locations and address growing demands for capacity and capabilities in broadband and cloud network architectures.

Ken Kutzler, the vice president of IP routing hardware at Nokia, explains that as service providers scale their IP networks for increased capacity, they require the ability to deliver secure and reliable services with ease.

“Nokia’s new family of routers enables them to get the benefits of service routing available today at the IP edge/core into the IP access and aggregation networks,” Kutzler comments.

The company adds that the 7730 SXR systems are powered by Nokia FPcx routing silicon and are optimized for next-generation IP access, aggregation and edge applications. The 7730 SXR family is also supported by SR Linux, Nokia’s open and extensible network operating system (NOS).

Grant Lenahan, a partner and principal analyst at Appledore Research, strongly believes in the importance of innovation to enhance flexibility and network security in various IP networking applications. With the FPcx chipset and the 7730 SXR family of router platforms, Lenahan says Nokia can scale its router silicon to meet the needs of IP access and aggregation and smaller IP edge locations requiring capacity and security.

“With this approach, service providers will have the tools to scale the capability and flexibility of their networks while also improving network economics,” adds Lenahan.

Meanwhile, Nokia executives believe network architectures are evolving as broadband access, including fixed-wireless and 5G, drives the need for increased capacity and intelligence. With applications shifting to cloud-native approaches and the rise of edge clouds, networks must become more agile and cloud-like.

However, the growing number of end devices also pose security threats. In addition, evolving network architectures lead to frequent changes to meet new protocols and services, increasing network costs, the company says.

Nokia asserts that its latest range of routers effectively tackles these challenges, highlighting the 7730 SXR routers as a solution that delivers efficiency, flexibility and secure connectivity. Nokia executives say the routers ensure reliable IP services and power efficiency and significantly reduce ownership costs by offering optimal capacity and interface speeds. Flexibility and adaptability are also improved with a programmable NPU and cloud-native architecture.

It also features the Nokia FPcx silicon for secure services and the Nokia SR Linux NOS, designed for automation and extensibility.

“This solution supports network automation and aligns well with our goal of distributing services closer to the edge of the network in a cost-effective, flexible and reliable manner,” states Ibrahim Gedeon, the chief technology officer of Telus.

Nokia recently made headlines for collaborating with DXC Technology to create a solution for private wireless networks and 5G managed services. The partnership aimed to cover hardware and software development in various areas, including radio access network (RAN), core, OT-grade network edge, CBRS and integrated capabilities for private networks.

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