Nokia upgrades managed IoT service WING with 5G

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The company is upgrading its IoT Network Grid (WING) managed service with 5G and edge capabilities.

It says the move will support operators to offer low-latency, high-security 5G IoT services without having to invest in global infrastructure, due to the pay-as-you-go approach.

This, Nokia, says could help telcos to leverage new business models and tap into industries such as connected cars, critical public services and real-time industrial monitoring and control, as well as remote healthcare.

New lab

“Many of these use cases will place unprecedented demands on latency, the volume and velocity of data and security. WING is architected from the ground up to meet these stringent requirements, leveraging a distributed, flexible architecture that allows seamless upgrade to 5G,” a statement from Nokia explained.

To help support this, Nokia has also set up a 5G WING lab in Dallas, Texas, where operators around the globe can connect and begin testing 5G IoT use cases.

Brian Partridge, Vice President, Applied Infrastructure & DevOps Channel at 451 Research, said, “5G holds great promise but the cost and complexity of building a dedicated, global 5G infrastructure to support IoT services is a major obstacle for CSPs.

"The features and performance of 5G can help digitally transform industries like transportation, healthcare and manufacturing over the next several years and communications service providers are eager to establish new value chain positions in these markets. We expect such managed services that demonstrate success in accelerating the ‘time-to-value’ or de-risking 5G investment for both enterprises and CSPs will generate strong demand.”

De-risking 5G investment

Nokia WING allows the user plane functions to be separated and extended to the far network edge or to enterprise premises, ensuring ultra-low latency. In parallel, this distributed WING infrastructure can be enhanced with Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) technology, improving the ability to support compute-intensive IoT services such as AR/VR maintenance, and cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) use cases. WING also supports network slicing through its cloud-native architecture, the firm said.