Nokia Expands PCC Portfolio with New Virtualized Diameter Signalling Solution

Nokia Expands PCC Portfolio with New Virtualized Diameter Signalling Solution Image Credit: Nokia Networks

Nokia recently launched a new virtualized Diameter Signaling Control solution - Nokia Dynamic Diameter Engine (DDE) as part of its policy and charging portfolio to cater for more demanding and complex mobile services, such as the Internet-of-Things(IoT). The cloud-based solution simplifies, scales and secures control plane traffic in mobile and fixed networks, said Nokia.

According to Nokia, the solution is the industry's first virtualized solution to incorporate Nokia's Agile Rules Technology (A.R.T.). Serving as a control plane "traffic cop," Nokia DDE prepares the network for the increase in connected things and complex new applications. The rules-based engine reduces operational expenses by allowing operators to quickly create and modify rules.

Nokia DDE can run on commercial off the shelf hardware but is designed to run in the Telco Cloud. It is integrated with Nokia's CloudBand portfolio that hosts, orchestrates, automates, and manages virtualized network functions and services. The virtualized deployment model reduces capex requirements and is easy to scale, said the company. 

Nokia claims that DDE has been deployed in the labs of a North American Tier 1 service provider and will be generally available in July 2016.

Bhaskar Gorti, president of the Applications and Analytics Business Group at Nokia
There are plenty of established signaling control solutions that do the job as required today. However they typically are not built for virtualization and often lack the flexibility needed for the signaling requirements of IoT and VoLTE. In contrast, Nokia DDE was built for the Cloud and is ready to support emerging signaling requirements.

Sue Rudd, Director Service Provider Analysis at Strategy Analytics
Signaling traffic is escalating as new services, IoT devices and complex new use cases demand highly flexible and scalable handling. Operators must be able to vary control plane and signaling capacity instantly for new Diameter traffic flows. 

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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