Three UK, Nokia Launch 5G-ready Cloud Core Network

Three UK, Nokia Launch 5G-ready Cloud Core Network Image Credit: wutzkoh/

Three UK and Nokia have launched what they claim is the world’s first 5G-ready fully integrated cloud core network, in preparation for the rollout of 5G.

This new 5G-ready core network, which sits in a virtual environment, offers increased security, flexibility and cost savings, allowing Three to scale more quickly and efficiently. It’s also a critical building block for Three to deliver the UK’s fastest 5G network, set to launch from August this year.

The new core network will be managed from Three’s 20 new data centres which have been distributed across the UK to bring its 5G network closer to its customers in order to deliver the lowest possible latency.

Three has already successfully tested its new core network with 3,500 Three employees and has started to migrate 4G customer traffic on to the new core. Migration will continue throughout 2019, seamlessly connecting new and existing customers to this next-gen cloud core. 

Nokia will also provide essential systems integration, security, and managed services capabilities, alongside Nokia routing, software and mobile radio technology.

Dave Dyson, CEO, Three UK
Our new core network is part of a series of connected investments, totalling £2 billion, that will provide a significant step change in our customers’ experience.  UK consumers have an insatiable appetite for data as well as an expectation of high reliability.

Bhaskar Gorti, President of Nokia Software
The project will deliver a flexible 5G core network, enabling the next generation of mobile services and cementing Three UK as a true leader of 5G in the UK.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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